26 Apr 2013

New safety database details hazardous substances

2:05 pm on 26 April 2013

A new safety information service which went on line this month will make life easier for retailers selling agricultural chemicals and other hazardous substances.

The database includes information on more than 2200 controlled substances regulated under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act.

The industry body for agricultural chemical and veterinary medicine companies, Agcarm, has provided $10,000 to help set up the service that retailers will subscribe to.

Chief executive Graeme Peters says it replaces the need for retailers to keep and update physical records of safety information, a system which he says had become a giant mess.