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Decision tool – Work out if your introduction is low risk to the environment

This decision tool is related to step 5.2 of the process to categorise your chemical introduction.

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Who should use this?

This decision tool will help you work out if your introduction's low risk to the environment because there is an international assessment or evaluation on the chemical.

There are 1‐3 questions depending on your circumstances.

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See the full list of decision tools to help you categorise your introduction

This tool refers to the Industrial Chemicals Categorisation Guidelines and Industrial Chemicals General Rules.

What you need to know

If your introduction meets the criteria to be internationally assessed for environment.

Question 1

Do you want to consider if your introduction meets the criteria for an internationally assessed introduction for environment?

Question 2

Does your introduction meet all the criteria to be low risk for the environment based on the following list?

Note: You can choose not to check it. If you don't, we will not consider your introduction internationally assessed for the environment.

Do all of the following apply?

  • the chemical has been assessed or evaluated by one of the trusted international bodies in subsection 6(3) of the General Rules

    and

  • the trusted international body assessed or evaluated the chemical for its risks to the environment

    and

  • the chemical's international assessment or evaluation was for:
    • the same end use as your introduction
    • a maximum volume equal to or higher than the maximum volume of your introduction

    and

  • the risks to the environment from the introduction and use are no higher in Australia than the overseas jurisdiction (determined in accordance with part 4.2.2 of the Categorisation Guidelines)

    and

  • regarding the international assessment or evaluation report:
    • it's available

      and

    • you'll provide it to the Executive Director if they request it from you

    and

  • either the international assessment or evaluation:
    • has restrictions set out in Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation about your chemical that you can follow in Australia

      or

    • has conditions that the international assessment body determines must be followed to manage risks to the environment and you can follow them in Australia

      or

    • has no restrictions or conditions

    and

  • there's no more information that's become available since the international assessment or evaluation was completed about:
    • any hazards to the environment the international assessment or evaluation didn't identify

      or

    • an increase in severity of any hazards to the environment the international assessment or evaluation did identify

    and

  • the introduction isn't prohibited in the overseas jurisdiction that did the international assessment or evaluation

Question 3

Your introduction is internationally‐assessed for the environment. This means your introduction's indicative environment risk can be low. Your introduction could have an indicative environment risk of very low if you have information to show it doesn't have certain environment hazard characteristics.

Do you want to check if your introduction could be very low risk?

Your introduction is internationally‐assessed for the environment. If you can't show that it has an indicative environment risk of very low, make note that its indicative environment risk is low.

Go to Decision tool – Work out your environment exposure band.

The indicative environment risk of your introduction is low. Your introduction is internationally‐assessed for the environment.

Go to Decision tool – Work out your introduction category.

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