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Contents (2008 - 392)
Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008
Current version for 1 July 2017 to date (accessed 24 November 2017 at 05:33)
Part 6 Division 1
Division 1 Preparation and handling of exposed substances
135   Application of Division
This Division applies to all therapeutic goods, and all substances used in the preparation of therapeutic goods, that are unpackaged or otherwise susceptible to contamination (in this Division referred to as exposed substances).
136   Preparation and handling generally
An authorised practitioner, pharmacist or practitioner of alternative medicine must ensure that:
(a)  all exposed substances that are prepared or handled on his or her business premises are free from any contamination and from anything that is likely to render them harmful or to have an adverse effect on their efficacy, and
(b)  all persons that he or she employs in the preparation or handling of exposed substances comply with the requirements of this Division.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
137   Personal cleanliness
A person who is involved in the preparation or handling of exposed substances:
(a)  must be clean and must wear clean clothing, and
(b)  must clean his or her hands (by means of soap or detergent and water or by some other suitable cleaning process) before starting work and before resuming work after using the toilet.
Maximum penalty: 10 penalty units.
138   Certain behaviour prohibited
A person who is involved in the preparation or handling of exposed substances, or who is in a place that is used for preparing or handling exposed substances, must not:
(a)  urinate, defecate or spit on, or
(b)  use, smoke or chew tobacco or any other similar substance in the vicinity of, or
(c)  sit, walk, stand or lie on,
any surface used for the purpose of preparing or handling exposed substances.
Maximum penalty: 10 penalty units.
139   Contact with hands
(1)  A person who is involved in the preparation or handling of exposed substances:
(a)  must not have any unnecessary human contact with any such substance, and
(b)  must not handle any such substance with his or her fingers, but must use a suitable clean implement or disposable gloves to do so, and
(c)  must not touch his or her mouth, eye, ear, nose or scalp while handling any such substance, and
(d)  must not wipe his or her hands otherwise than with a clean towel, and
(e)  must not place, so that it can come into contact with any such substance, any ticket, label or other article that is unclean or liable to contaminate any such substance or that has been in contact with the person’s mouth, and
(f)  must not place in his or her pockets any implement or gloves to be used in preparing or handling any such substance.
(2)  A person who uses disposable gloves to handle an exposed substance must dispose of the gloves as soon as practicable.
Maximum penalty: 10 penalty units.
140   Contact with mouth
A person who is involved in the preparation or handling of exposed substances must not apply to his or her mouth any implement used for preparing or handling any such substance.
Maximum penalty: 10 penalty units.
141   Bandages
A person who is wearing an unclean bandage or a medicated or absorbent bandage must not prepare or handle exposed substances, or use any appliance, article or fitting for preparing or handling exposed substances, unless the bandage is protected and covered with a waterproof covering.
Maximum penalty: 10 penalty units.
142   Persons suffering from infectious diseases
(1)  A person who is suffering from an infectious disease, or who has any exposed cut, sore, wound or skin eruption, must not prepare or handle exposed substances, or use any appliance, article or fitting for preparing or handling exposed substances.
Maximum penalty: 10 penalty units.
(2)  This clause does not apply to an activity carried out by a person if the Director-General has certified in writing that the person may carry out that activity and the person complies with any conditions contained in the certificate.
143   Appliances, articles, fittings and surfaces
(1)  A person who is involved in the preparation or handling of exposed substances must not use any appliance, article or fitting for preparing or handling any such substance unless the appliance, article or fitting:
(a)  is designed and constructed so as to be easily cleaned, and
(b)  is kept clean.
Maximum penalty: 10 penalty units.
(2)  A person who is involved in the preparation or handling of exposed substances must not cause or allow any such substance to come into contact with any surface used for preparing or handling any such substance unless the surface:
(a)  is designed and constructed so as to be easily cleaned, and
(b)  is kept clean.
Maximum penalty: 10 penalty units.