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Chemical donations guidelines

Health, Safety & Emergency Management recently released a safety bulletin regarding the University’s policy in relation to the acceptance of chemical and sample donations. The University’s general position is that no donation of chemicals should be accepted as most often their provenance age and stability are difficult to verify. However, if an exception is to be made, all Curtin staff members or students who receive a chemical sample donation for any reason or purpose must be aware of, and adhere to the Chemical Management Plan (CMP). The relevant section of the CMP states that:

  • Before agreeing to receive a chemical donation of sample, a Manager/Supervisor must approve the acceptance of such a donation or sample
  • The receiving person must provide sufficient justification to their Manager/Supervisor of why the chemical should be accepted, including:
  1. A completed risk assessment that addresses the life cycle of the chemical and any disposal costs and storage requirements.
  2. A sample management plan detailing what is being accepted.
  3. Agreement with the client that defines any disposal costs as part of the research contract.

If the chemical donation or sample is then accepted, it is the receiving person’s responsibility to ensure that:

  • The chemical has a SDS provided prior to the supply of the donation, and
  • The container must be correctly labelled.

It is important for all staff to familiarise themselves with the donated chemicals bulletin regarding these requirements.