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Hazardous Materials

Curtin is committed to ensuring that all its use of hazardous materials and equipment fulfills legislative requirements and ensures the safety of workers, the wider community, and the surrounding environment.

Before conducting research or teaching activities

You must identify the hazards inherent in your work, document your safety protocols in a written risk assessment, and seek any approvals you need from Curtin or Government regulatory bodies.

·  Identify hazards using a Research Initiation Guide (RIG)

·  Assess risk in CHARM or our Generic Risk Assessment Form or your local areas form

Before leaving Curtin

Either for a leave of absence or permanently, ensure that you hand over responsibility for all hazardous material, equipment, and research to your supervisor.

All students are to complete the following HDR Supervisor’s Checklist for Exiting Students prior to leaving Curtin.

For staff, please use the Staff exit check list link below, to ensure you have appropriately handed over responsibility for all hazardous materials and equipment before departing Curtin.

Join the Hazardous Materials User Forum

If you are interested in hazardous materials management and want to be consulted about improvement projects, please feel free to join the Hazardous Materials User Forum by emailing 

Types of hazardous materials and equipment

Follow the links below or on the left of this page to find out how to manage the various types of hazardous materials and equipment.

Two students in a laboratory wearing a laboratory coat and safety glasses.

Chemical safety

Examples of hazardous chemicals in the workplace include printer toners, cleaning products, batteries, solvents, paints, herbicides, agricultural chemicals, fuels, herbicides, and laboratory chemicals.

A student in a laboratory performing a safe pipetting technique in a biosafety cabinet.

Biological safety

Biohazards include Genetically modified organisms (GMOs), imported biosecurity materials, pathogenic microorganisms and clinical samples from humans or animals

Three students in reflective clothing using surveying equipment

Radiation and lasers

Radiation includes lasers and any radiation-producing sources and equipment.

A pharmacy student holding packets of medication

Medicines and poisons

Any workers using medicines and poisons in research and educational settings will need a permit to be able to purchase medicines or poisons.

Two students on a building site wearing protective equipment


Anyone who identifies or suspects they have identified an unmarked product containing asbestos should immediately report it to Facilities Management on 9266 2020 or Health and Safety on 9266 4900