Glossary

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Article Articles are defined in a similar but not identical manner in different legislation. In general, an article is an object whose shape, surface or design determines its functions or hazard properties to a greater degree than does its chemical composition.
Chemical A substance or compound produced by or used in a chemical process.
Cosmetic A substance or preparation intended for placement in contact with any external part of the human body including teeth and in the mouth, with a view to changing the body odour, cleaning, maintaining or protecting it, perfuming or altering the body’s appearance.
Dangerous Goods For the detailed definition/classification of dangerous goods, refer to Chapter 2 of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code 7th Edition
Hazard Anything (including work practices or procedures) that has the potential to harm the environment or the health or safety of a person.
Hazardous Waste

For the definition of hazardous waste visit the website of the relevant environmental protection authority in your state or territory.

The Department of the Environment and Energy provides a definition of hazardous waste for the purposes of transboundary movements.

Label Directions and information for using the product, which are attached to the product or its container. Different labelling and packaging requirements apply to products based on their intended use.
Plastic Any of a group of synthetic or natural organic materials which may be shaped when soft and then hardened, including many types of resins, resinoids, polymers, cellulose derivatives, casein materials, and proteins.
Poison An ingredient, compound, material or preparation which may cause death, illness or injury and includes any ingredient, compound, material or preparation referred to in a schedule to the current Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP).
Risk Assessment Risk assessment identifies substantive risks and estimates the level of risk based on a combination of the likelihood and consequences of potential harm.
Risk Management Risk management evaluates risks that may warrant control measures and determines the appropriate conditions to manage risk.

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