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Decision tool – Work out if your introduction is low risk for human health

This decision tool is related to step 4.2 of the process to categorise your chemical introduction.

Optional: If you’d like to save or print your completed decision tool for your own records, click on ‘Chemical identity’ before Question 1 and enter your chemical’s name or CAS number. Note that a copy of a completed decision tool is not sufficient to meet your record-keeping obligations. To save as a PDF, select the print option in your browser and choose ‘Save as PDF’ or ‘Microsoft Print to PDF’. For Safari users, click 'File' and 'Export to PDF'.

Who should use this?

This decision tool will help you determine if your introduction is low risk for human health because there is an international assessment or evaluation on the chemical. There are 1‐2 questions depending on your circumstances. This tool refers to the Industrial Chemicals Categorisation Guidelines and Industrial Chemicals General Rules.

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What you need to know

Does your introduction meet the criteria to be internationally assessed for human health.

Chemical identity (optional)

Question 1

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

Question 2

Does your introduction meet all the criteria to be low risk for human health 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 human health.

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 human health

    and

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

    and

  • the risks to human health from the introduction and use are no higher in Australia than the overseas jurisdiction (determined in accordance with part 4.1.2 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 human health and that 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 human health the international assessment or evaluation didn't identify

      or

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

    and

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

Question 3

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

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

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

Go to Decision tool – Work out your human health exposure band.

The indicative human health risk of your introduction is low. Your introduction is internationally‐assessed for human health.

Go to Decision tool – Work out if your introduction is medium to high risk to the environment.

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