NICNAS contributes to the safe use of chemicals by providing information to its stakeholders on the hazards and risks posed by chemicals to workers, the community and the environment. This information takes the form of high quality scientific assessments of the risks posed from the import, manufacture, handling, use, storage and/or disposal of chemicals. Importantly, NICNAS assessments recommend ways of addressing these risks.
The key NICNAS output is effective, accessible and reliable scientific information for other chemical control frameworks, workers, industry and other interested parties to implement controls as required to ensure the safe use of chemicals. The Scheme ensures this by also contributing outputs in the areas of compliance, customer service, community engagement and education and awareness-raising activities.
Output performance measures as they relate to all Scheme activities are summarised in Table 6 and are reported against the performance targets identified in this section of the report.
Table 6: Summary of Output Performance Measures for the Scheme
Type Performance measure
Quantity Number of outputs (assessments, compliance investigations, audits, site visits, guidance notes, publications, etc) against agreed targets
Quality Number of outputs to appropriate benchmark/target used:
" Effectiveness, eg. acceptable to international scientific assessment standards and implementation within national control framework
" Effectiveness, acceptable standards as defined by Service Charter and/or published guidelines and/or legislation
Price Cost recovery targets
Contained and/or reduced assessment costs through utilisation of overseas reports
Contained and/or reduced administrative and other Scheme costs