Group standards

Group standards are approvals for a group of hazardous substances of a similar nature, type or use.

A group standard sets out conditions that enable a group of hazardous substances to be managed safely.

Most domestic and workplace chemicals (except for pesticides, timber treatment chemicals and vertebrate toxic agents) are approved under group standards.

What is a group standard?

Group standards are approvals for a group of hazardous substances of a similar nature, type, hazard or use.

2020 group standards

This is the current set of group standards that are in force.

Assign your product to a group standard

Once you know which group standard is relevant to you, the next step is to apply for your hazardous substance to be assigned to it.

Issuing a new group standard approval

If your hazardous substance does not fit within an existing group standard, a new group standard may need to be issued. Find out how this works.

Applying for a group standard amendment

Amendments can be made to existing groups standards to reflect industry changes or to incorporate additional products. Find out how to apply for an amendment.

2017 group standards

These group standards have been superseded by the 2020 group standards.

Pre-2017 group standards

These group standards have been superseded by the 2020 group standards.