Garages and Workshops

Australian homes commonly store small quantities of chemicals and dangerous goods that are potentially hazardous. Some of these products include:

  • petrol
  • cleaning fluids
  • garden fertilizers
  • pesticides
  • kerosene
  • acids
  • caustic materials
  • paints
  • pool chemicals such as chlorine

These may be found in garages, sheds or home workshops.

It is essential that all household chemicals and dangerous goods are stored correctly and according to manufacturers' recommendations. Chemicals may be poisonous, flammable or may be volatile when mixed.

Safe handling and storage suggestions:

  • Read the label before purchasing any chemical. Understand the correct use and the dangers posed by the chemical.
  • Dangerous goods should be kept in their original containers and never decanted into other bottles or containers.
  • All labelling, including warning labels and manufacturers’ instructions, should remain intact on the packaging and be clearly readable.
  • Always follow the manufacturers’ instructions. This includes following their safe handling recommendations (wearing appropriate safety gear such as goggles, gloves etc).
  • Different types of dangerous goods should be stored separately. This includes storing liquids and powders separately.
  • All ignition sources should be kept well away from the area where chemicals and dangerous goods are stored.
  • All dangerous goods and chemicals should be kept in a secure location, out of reach of children.
  • If in doubt, contact the manufacturer for safety information. Manufacturers' are required to have this information on their products.
  • Never dispose of chemicals or hazardous waste down the drain, toilet or through regular household rubbish collections. For safe disposal information visit the Sustainability Victoria website

Poisons Information Centre: 13 11 26

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