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About hazardous substances

Council's hazardous substances officers are responsible for ensuring all residential premises, using and storing hazardous substances, comply with the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act and Regulations.

Worksafe Tauranga (0800 376 234) is responsible for all workplaces using, storing and manufacturing hazardous substances and monitor and enforce the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations.

WorkSafe New Zealand supervise and oversee the correct and safe storage and use of  hazardous substances in work places. Council's hazardous substances officers can help with non-workplace concerns like residential homes and parks and reserves.

The Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2016 ensures this is achieved.  The legislation provides for certification of premises and individuals and this certification is undertaken by EPA approved Certifiers.

Below are the types of certification:

  • location test certificate for storage of hazardous substances
  • approved handlers certificate for use of hazardous substances
  • stationary container system test certificate for tank
  • installations of hazardous substances

For further detailed information visit the WorkSafe New Zealand or phone 0800 209 020. 

Guidelines and brochures

Advisory note on hazardous substances - July 2011 (36kb pdf)
Guidelines for certification of hazardous substances and dangerous goods (55kb pdf)
Classification of hazardous substances (3mb pdf)

Last Reviewed: 30/01/2018

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