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Highest indicative risk is low risk – related to introduction

Guide to completing the ‘Related to introduction’ section of the pre-introduction report for ‘highest indicative risk is low risk and the other types do not apply’.

Will the chemical be imported into Australia or manufactured in Australia?

Note: ‘Both import and manufacture’ does not include the scenario where a chemical is imported then reformulated/used in Australia to make a mixture or product. In this scenario select ‘import’.

What is the maximum total volume of the chemical introduced in Australia during a registration year?

Check that the volume range you select is consistent with the information you provide for the human health and environment exposure band sections

Select the range that is the maximum total volume of the chemical that you will introduce into Australia during a registration year:

  • ≤ 25 kg (less than or equal to 25 kg)
  • > 25 kg to ≤ 100 kg (more than 25 kg and less than, or equal to 100 kg)
  • > 100 kg to ≤ 1,000 kg (more than 100 kg and less than, or equal to 1,000 kg)
  • > 1,000 kg to ≤ 10,000 kg (more than 1,000 kg and less than, or equal to 10,000 kg)
  • > 10,000 kg (more than 10,000 kg)

What is the end use of the chemical?

Select all the end use(s) of your chemical from a picklist in the form. This is the same list of options that you may have used to calculate the environment categorisation volume (Step 5.3 from Categorisation Guide) and is also shown below.

Example: If you are introducing a chemical for an end use in cosmetics, the picklist option you need to select “Personal care products not covered by other end uses”, unless your chemical will only be used in products with limited environmental release (for example, nail polish).


List of end uses - product descriptions and examples

Adhesive and sealant products means an end use to fasten other materials together or stop the passage of liquid or gas. Examples include:

  • glues 
  • binders
  • adhesives
  • pastes
  • sealants
  • fillers
  • putties
  • solder and caulking compounds

Apparel and footwear care products means an end use to care for apparel and footwear products intended for consumer and commercial use. Examples include:

  • footwear polishes
  • waxes and stains to waterproof and improve appearance and other desirable properties
  • apparel surface treatment products for water, stain or flame resistance

Arts, crafts and hobby products means an end use in arts, crafts or hobbies. Examples include:

  • crafting paints
  • crafting glue
  • adhesives (e.g. solder and hot-melt adhesives)
  • fixatives
  • finishing spray coatings and modelling clay

Explosive products means an end use for producing a sudden expansion, usually accompanied by production of heat and large changes in pressure. Examples include:

  • pyrotechnics
  • high explosives and propellants
  • igniters
  • primers
  • initiatory
  • illuminants
  • smoke and decoy flares
  • incendiaries

Fuel, oil, fuel oil additives and related products means an end use as:

  • liquid fuel in containers used for cooking, heating or for power in vehicles or appliances, or
  • a fuel additive to inhibit corrosion, provide lubrication, increase efficiency of use, or decrease production of undesirable by-products.

Examples of liquid fuels include:

  • gasoline
  • diesel fuels
  • kerosene
  • lamp oils

Examples of fuel oil additives include:

  • stabilisers
  • anti-knock agents
  • corrosion inhibitors
  • detergents
  • fuel dyes
  • oxygenates
  • antioxidants
  • odour agents

Lubricant and grease products means an end use in a liquid, paste or spray to reduce friction, heat generation and wear between solid surfaces. Examples include:

  • engine oils
  • transmission, brake and hydraulic fluids
  • gear oils
  • calcium, sodium, lithium, and silicone-based greases

Personal care products – limited environmental release means an end use in solid or hardening personal care products (including cosmetics) that are primarily disposed of to landfill. Examples include:

  • baby wipes
  • facial tissues
  • nail care products including nail polish and remover

Tattoo ink products means an end use in a combination of industrial chemicals that contains one or more colouring agents and is applied to the dermal layer of the skin for the purposes of colouring the skin. Examples include:

  • pigments
  • dyes
  • resins

Paint and coating products means an end use to paint or coat substrates intended for consumer or commercial use. Examples include: 

  • decorative coatings 
  • automotive coatings
  • transportation coatings
  • wood finishes
  • powder coatings
  • coil coatings
  • packaging finishes
  • general industrial coatings
  • automotive refinish
  • industrial maintenance and protective coatings
  • marine coatings
  • thinners
  • removers

Plastic and polymer products means an end use in production of plastics or polymers. Examples include:

  • monomers
  • initiators
  • additives

Construction products not covered by other end uses means an end use in construction materials, except where another scenario covers the end use. Examples include:

  • additives in cements and dry mortar
  • additives to bitumen for road repair
  • internal release agents for thermo-set laminating resins
  • resins in particle board manufacture
  • wood substitutes used to make mouldings
  • resins used in the production of composite materials

Fabric, textile and leather products not covered by other end uses means an end use to impart colour and other desirable properties onto fabric, textiles, and leather products that are intended for consumer or commercial use.

These properties include:

  • water/soil/stain repellence
  • wrinkle resistance
  • flame resistance

Examples of this type of product include:

  • textile dyes
  • textile finishing agents
  • leather tanning products
  • leather dyes
  • leather finishing agents, leather conditioner and surface treatment products

Electronic products means an end use in the production of electronic components. Examples include:

  • chemicals in vapour deposition
  • electroless plating
  • electroplating
  • etching
  • high vacuum evaporation/sputtering
  • laminate processing
  • soldering
  • photolithography

Ink, toner and colourant products means an end use for:

  • writing
  • printing
  • creating an image on paper and other substrates
  • applying to substrates to change their colour or hide images

Examples of this type of product include:

  • pigmented liquid
  • toners or powders used in copy machines and toner/printer cartridges
  • inks used in writing equipment
  • inks for stamps and correction fluids and tapes

This category does not include pigments and colourants added to paints and coatings.

Air care products means an end use to odorise or deodorise indoor air in homes, offices, motor vehicles, and enclosed spaces and intended for consumer or commercial use. Examples include:

  • aerosol sprays
  • liquid/solid/gel diffusers
  • air fresheners
  • scented candles
  • incense

Anti-freeze and de-icing products means an end use:

  • as an additive to fluids, especially water, to reduce the freezing point of the mixture, or
  • applied to surfaces to melt or prevent build-up of ice

Examples of this type of product include:

  • anti-freeze liquids
  • de-icing liquids (windshield de-icers, aircraft de-icers)
  • de-icing solids (ice melting crystals)
  • lock de-icers

Automotive care products means an end use (intended for consumer or commercial use) to clean and care for exterior and interior surfaces of automotive vehicles. Examples include:

  • car waxes
  • polishes
  • waterproofing products for windshield or automotive window glass
  • cleaners
  • sealers
  • car wash solutions
  • vinyl/rubber/plastic protectants
  • automotive carpet and upholstery cleaners
  • wheel and tyre care products
  • exterior trim protectants
  • touch-up paint products

Cleaning and furniture care products means an end use (intended for consumer or commercial use) to:

  • remove dirt, grease, stains, and foreign matter from furniture and furnishings
  • cleanse, sanitise, bleach, scour, polish, protect, or improve the appearance of surfaces

Examples include:

  • cleaners used on glass, floors, tub and tile, ovens and drains
  • scouring powders
  • dusting products
  • waxes
  • polishes
  • stain repellent sprays

Laundry and dishwashing products means an end use in liquid, granular, gel or unit dose packets/tablets to:

  • remove food residue from dishes
  • remove dirt from textiles
  • enhance properties of textiles
  • remove stains from textiles

Examples include:

  • dishwashing detergents and laundry detergents
  • stain removers and fabric enhancers
  • bleach
  • rinse aids
  • lime and rust removers
  • dry cleaning products used in non-aqueous cleaning processes

Extractive products not covered by other end uses means an end use in:

  • mining
  • onshore drilling
  • related activities such as extraction, cementing, hydraulic fracturing, refining

These scenarios do not include end use in offshore drilling. This end use is a designated kind of release into the environment (for which you do not calculate an ECV).

Paper products means an end use in paper production. Examples include:

  • effluent treatment chemicals
  • maintenance chemicals
  • deposit and cleaning agents
  • defoamers
  • surfactants
  • polymeric retention aids
  • coagulants
  • clay
  • resins

Personal care products not covered by other end uses means an end use for cosmetic use, except those covered under the “personal care products - limited environmental release end use” scenario. Examples include:

  • bath and shower products
  • make-up products
  • hair, oral and skin care products
  • secondary sunscreen products
  • deodorants
  • perfumes

Photographic products means an end use (for consumer or commercial use) to take photographic images, develop and process film, and make photographic prints. Examples include:

  • processing solutions (for developing, stopping, and fixing photos)
  • chemicals used in the manufacture or processing of film or photographic paper

Water treatment products means an end use to treat water in cooling and heating systems (including industrial heat-exchanger systems) and potable water supplies. Examples include:

  • chemicals used in pH buffers
  • scale and corrosion inhibitors
  • flocculating agents
  • ion exchange resins

This scenario does not include end uses to treat municipal water supplies or other large-scale water supplies for human or animal consumptions or irrigation. These end uses involve a designated kind of release into the environment.

Personal vaporiser products means an end use in a device that is intended to produce a vapour or aerosol that is delivered into a person’s body when the person inhales through the device. Examples include:

  • e-cigarettes
  • e-cigars
  • e-hookah pens
  • e-pens
  • e-pipes
  • vape pens

Specify the end use of the chemical

You must specify the end use of the chemical for each product type(s) that you selected in the question above.

Example: Company XYZ wants to introduce a chemical for use in laundry detergent, shampoo and hand soap. In their pre-introduction report, they select both “Personal care products not covered by other end uses” and “Laundry and dishwashing products” from the end uses picklist. For this question they specify that the chemical will have end uses in “laundry detergent, shampoo and hand soap”.

Does the introduction belong to a specified class?

‘Specified class’ refers to introductions that we consider to be of higher concern to human health or the environment because of greater potential for particular hazards or exposure.

Select ‘Yes‘ if any of the following applies to the introduction of your chemical:

Specified classes of introductions have additional or different requirements relating to hazard information, reporting or record keeping.

Some ‘specified classes of introduction’ cannot be in the reported category. You must use our categorisation guide and extra resources to work out whether your specified class of introduction can be categorised as reported. If you’re still unsure whether your specified class of introduction can be ‘reported’, contact us.

Example: Chemicals R Us Pty Ltd plan to import a chemical that contains a sequence of 4 to 20 fully fluorinated carbon atoms. The highest indicative risk for this introduction is medium to high risk, therefore it does not meet the criteria to be a reported introduction.

Does the introduction involve 'a designated kind of release to the environment’?

A designated kind of release into the environment means:

Release of household wastewater (including from use of cosmetics) into waterways or the sewage system is not a ‘designated kind of release into the environment’.

If your introduction only has an end use in cosmetics, select No to this question.

Will the industrial chemical have an end use in cosmetics?

If you select ‘Yes’ you must select 1 statement that applies to your introduction relating to the use of animal test data.

Option 1 – I did NOT use animal test data from tests conducted on or after 1 July 2020 to determine the highest indicative risk for the chemical.

Select this option if either of these apply.

  • You did not use any animal test data to work out the highest indicative risk of your introduction.
  • You used animal test data to work out the highest indicative risk of your introduction, but the animal tests were all conducted before 1 July 2020.

Option 2 – I will introduce the chemical for an end use solely in cosmetics AND I used animal test data from tests conducted on or after 1 July 2020 to determine the highest indicative risk for the chemical in the circumstances mentioned in the General Rules Section 34.

Select this option if all of the following apply.

  1. Your chemical will only have an end use in cosmetics (and will not have any other end uses).
  2. You used animal test data from tests conducted on or after 1 July 2020 to work out the highest indicative risk of your introduction.
  3. You meet one of 3 exception criteria that allows cosmetics introducers to use animal test data under limited circumstances – exception 1, exception 2 or exception 3.

Option 3: I will introduce the chemical for multiple end uses (including an end use in cosmetics) AND I used animal test data from tests conducted on or after 1 July 2020 to determine the highest indicative risk for the chemical. This animal test data is of a kind mentioned in the General Rules Section 31.

Select this option if all of the following apply.

  1. Your chemical will have several end uses, which includes cosmetics.
  2. You used animal test data from tests conducted on or after 1 July 2020 to work out the highest indicative risk of your introduction.
  3. You meet one of 4 exception criteria that allows cosmetics introducers to use animal test data under limited circumstances – exception 1, exception 2, exception 3 or exception 4.

See: Animal test data - when it can and can’t be used and when you need pre-approval

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