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Managing your hazardous substances
New Zealand has adopted a new classification system for hazardous substances
New Zealand has adopted a new classification system for hazardous substances under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (HSNO). This new system is the Globally Harmonised System (GHS). In effect, there is no change to the system used under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA).Read more
What the Hazardous Substances Regulations mean for you
Hazardous substances are widely used across New Zealand workplaces, so it’s important to know the risks and how to protect people from harm. This brochure explains ten key things you need to know and do.Read more
You must keep an inventory of all of your hazardous substances used, handled, manufactured or stored in the workplace, including hazardous waste.Read more
Safety data sheets
Obtain a safety data sheet for all hazardous substances in your workplace. Safety data sheets are a key source of information about how to manage your hazardous substances.Read more
It is important to manage the risks associated with hazardous substances and to review what you have in place to keep people healthy and safe. Eliminate the risk if this is reasonably practicable; and where it’s not, minimise it.Read more
Information, instruction, supervision and training
Workers must know how to safely use, handle and store the hazardous substances in their workplace.Read more
You should be managing your risks to avoid an emergency, but it’s equally important to plan for one. There are specific requirements for this.Read more
Make sure the hazardous substance containers in your workplace are labelled, including process vessels, as well as maintaining the labels on hazardous substances supplied to you.Read more
Signs are an important part of hazardous substances management. Signs allow people to approach the site and buildings with appropriate care.Read more
You must store your hazardous substances safely to protect yourself and your workers.
Most of the rules that apply to managing hazardous substances in the workplace also apply to hazardous waste.Read more
Certified handler requirements
This quick guide provides information on needing certified handlers to handle certain hazardous substances, and information on what to do to become a certified handler.Read more
Tracking hazardous substances
Some substances are so hazardous they must be tracked at all times.Read more