Are we required to provide spill kits?

Q: Could you please point out the standard that relates to spill kits (in an aged care setting)?

A: There are no express standards for spills in Australia. However, the following standards deal with spills:

  1. Australian Standard AS/NZS 3816:1998: Management of Clinical and Related Wastes;
  2. Australian Standard AS 1940B1993: The Storage and Handling of Flammable and Combustible Liquids;
  3. Australian Standard AS 4452B1997: The Storage and Handling of Toxic Substances; and
  4. Australian Standard AS 1319-1994: Safety signs for the occupational environment.

Please note: The answer is correct at the time of publishing. Be aware that laws may change over time.

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