The Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management Standard (IChEMS) is a national approach to managing chemical use, storage, handling and disposal. It will deliver more consistent environmental regulation and make it easier for industry to choose less harmful chemicals.
Chemicals will be categorised and scheduled on the IChEMS Register based on their level of concern to the environment. This will help government, industry, and the community make informed choices about chemicals.
The Tasmanian government has signed a national agreement to adopt the IChEMS Register into the Tasmanian regulatory framework thereby ensuring a nationally consistent approach to the environmental management of industrial chemicals.
Australia's states and territories are working to adopt and implement IChEMS into their own regulatory frameworks.
In Tasmania, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania is developing state legislation to incorporate IChEMS into the state’s regulatory framework, for parliament’s consideration, with the EPA to be the regulator. In the meantime, the EPA will continue to support, monitor and enforce compliance with existing requirements for management of industrial chemicals according to risk.
More information about IChEMS including latest news, public consultation processes and a link to the Commonwealth's legislation can be found at the Australian Government’s Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water website.