17. Other Hazards

17.1  Lead

A "lead hazardous substance" is:

a) a substance listed in schedule 1 in a concentration more than the concentration cut-off level stated for the substance in NOHSC's document entitled List of Designated Hazardous Substances; or
b) a substance that meets the approved criteria.

The Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for lead must state:

  • the lead's product name;
  • chemical name;
  • chemical and physical properties;
  • health hazards;
  • instructions for safe use;  and
  • the importer's or manufacturer's name, Australian address and Australian telephone number.

The SDS must be in English and contain:

(a) unit measures commonly used in Australia; and

(b) the national exposure standard (if any) for the lead.

Refer to Section 2 - SDS for more information.

The following legislation applies to the management of lead:

  • Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld)
  • Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (Qld)

17.2  Asbestos

Asbestos is a hazardous material that poses a risk to health by inhalation if the asbestos fibres become airborne and people are exposed to these airborne fibres.  Exposure to asbestos fibres is known to cause mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.  Asbestos-containing materials were used extensively in Australian buildings and structures, plant and equipment and in ships, trains and motor vehicles during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and some uses, including some friction materials and gaskets, were only discontinued on 31 December 2003.

The following legislation applies to the management of asbestos:

  • Work Health and Safety Act 2011 s274 (Qld)
  • Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (Qld)
  • Hazardous Chemicals Code of Practice 2003
  • How to safely remove asbestos - Code of Practice 2011 (Qld)
  • How to manage and control asbestos in the workplace - Code of Practice 2011 (Qld)

17.3  Biological hazards

Biological hazards, or biohazards are defined as hazards constituted by living organisms, their constituents and their products. 

17.4  Helium filled balloons and balloon safe use procedure

Helium balloons.  Due to environmental considerations the use of helium filled balloons is prohibited within USQ and for all USQ related activities.  The decision to ban the use of the helium balloons within USQ was endorsed at the Senior Leadership Committee (SLC) meeting on 26 September 2007.

Balloon safe use procedure.  In the event that balloons other than helium filled balloons are required to be used for a USQ related activity,  risk assessment must be conducted with regards to the following issues:

  • how the balloons will be disposed of (it is not acceptable to let them blow away or be handed out to the public);
  • the risk to the environment including the effect on wildlife;
  • the adverse public image to USQ if the balloons become litter; and
  • safety considerations such as presenting a choking hazard to young children and exposure to latex products by persons who are intolerant.

17.5 USQSafe contact

Manager (USQSafe)

17.6  Status

Published October 1998
Reviewed October 2009
Endorsed by Executive Workplace Health and Safety Committee November 2007
Reviewed January 2013
Reviewed July 2013