Many workplaces, due to the nature of their industry, can be commonplace for hazardous materials or dangerous goods. It is imperative that workers at these locations who are at any risk of coming into contact with these substances, are trained in their approach so as to avoid any detrimental side effects.

A hazardous substance is defined as any agent that can have an adverse effect on a person, animal or environment through direct contact or through interaction with others. In order to inform staff and other visitors on premise of the presence of these substances, Hazard Communication is used to convey all necessary information.


Hazard Communication is the terminology defined by the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, or GHS, published by the United Nations. The GHS is a classification system that is internationally agreed upon to ensure understanding in all workplaces. It involves nine pictograms that indicate physical, environmental and health hazards. Signal words go with each pictogram to indicate the severity of the hazard eg “DANGER” or “WARNING”. Hazard statements accompany these to categorise the nature of the risk, and are sometimes followed by precautionary statements that indicate how to proceed.

Below are three pictogram examples, indicating (from left to right) environmental hazard, acute toxicity and flammable substance:


Ensure complete understanding of these risks and management procedures in your workplace by taking your staff through an Industrial Skills course with Diamond Protection. Our trainers are extensively skilled in dealing with and teaching others about the safe handling of hazardous materials and dangerous goods.

Diamond Protection Pty Ltd (Diamond) is a leading provider of security, emergency and training services. Established in 1995, this Australian owned and operated company is committed to leading the way – to be the standard of excellence. Diamond operates an internationally certified Integrated Management System (IMS) incorporating ISO accreditation for Quality (ISO 9001:2008), Occupational Health & Safety (AS/NZS 4801 & OHSAS18001:2007) and Environmental Management (ISO 14001:2004) Systems. The company has placed significant importance in continual improvement and commitment to the community and environment.

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