Better environmental management of industrial chemicals


A national roadmap for implementing the new Australian Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management Standard (IChEMS) is now available.

IChEMS will reduce the impacts of industrial chemicals on the environment, protect Australians and safeguard the value of our land and water.

Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Environment, James Tregurtha, said that once in place, the IChEMS will provide more consistent regulation of industrial chemicals and enable industry easier to choose less harmful alternatives.

“IChEMS was developed collaboratively by Australian, state and territory governments working together as part of broader reforms to chemicals and waste management in Australia,” Mr Tregurtha said.

“The roadmap builds on Australia’s partnership approach to chemicals management and recognizes that scientists, governments, industry and communities all have a role to play in better managing .”

“The IChEMS will not only support informed choice on chemicals, but will also function as a single, consistent source of information on how industrial chemicals should be managed in Australia.”

Australian states and territories are working to adopt and implement IChEMS in their own regulatory frameworks from the end of the year.

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