Draft secondary notification assessment on Irgalube 232 for public comment

NICNAS has conducted a secondary notification assessment on Irgalube 232 under the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 (ICNA Act), as amended.

The chemical was declared as requiring secondary notification in the April 2018 Chemical Gazette.

Why the chemical needed a secondary notification

The chemical required secondary notification and reassessment because:

  • it is now being used as a collector in the sulphide flotation process in mining operations
  • introduction volumes significantly exceed those previously assessed
  • new toxicity data are available, which warrant a review of the hazard classification of the chemical.

Draft report for public comment

The draft assessment report is released for public comment under Section 60E of the ICNA Act.

You can also request a copy of the report via:
Phone: 1800 638 528 (Free call)
Email: targetedassessments.enquiries@nicnas.gov.au

About the secondary notification assessment report

The secondary notification assessment report is an evaluation of the relevant new information on the potential human health and environmental risks that may be associated with exposure to the chemical.

Assessment findings — report recommendations

Based on the assessment findings, the chemical is classified according to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) as below:

  • Toxic to Reproduction (Category 2): H361D – suspected of damaging the unborn child
  • Chronic aquatic toxicity (Category 4): H413 – may cause long-lasting harmful effects to aquatic life

It is recommended that importers revise the SDS and labels to reflect the amended classification.

It is also recommended that users of the chemical should:

  • avoid contact during pregnancy/while nursing
  • avoid contact with skin and eyes
  • not directly dispose of it to surface waters or soils

Request for variation applications

You can request a variation to the report.

Download the application for Variation (Form 4a) [Word 69 KB]

Completing the application

When requesting the variation you:

  • Should outline any amendment or change(s) requested.
  • Must identify the exact words, sentences or paragraphs in the report to be varied. You must also provide any replacement words, sentences or paragraphs.
  • Must explain the rationale behind the request and include any relevant references.

Due date for variation requests

5:30 pm 5 March 2019 (statutory 28-day deadline for submission of variation requests applies). There are no extensions to this statutory deadline.

Email the completed variation application to: targetedassessments.enquiries@nicnas.gov.au.

Contact details

If you have queries about the public comment processes please contact:

Dr Louise Whittell
Email: targetedassessments.enquiries@nicnas.gov.au
Phone: 02 8577 8819

Meeting requests

Contact us as soon as possible if you wish to meet to discuss the report’s findings and conclusions.

Last update 5 February 2019