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Man Made Hazards

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What are Man-Made Hazards?

Man-made hazards are those which are created by people. These can be long-term, such as global warming, or immediate, such as a shipping accident. These threats have an element of human error, negligence or failure involved in them that result in a hazard, and ultimately risk to a community.

Hazardous Substances

Hazardous substances releases have significant potential to impact on the health and safety of people and the environment. Large quantities are stored throughout the region and in particular the Mount Maunganui industrial and tank farm areas. Hazardous substances release can be caused by natural hazards (such as volcanic action and earthquakes), transport crashes, criminal activity and lack of care during use, storage or disposal. Hazardous substances releases can cause large explosions, toxic gas plumes and water pollution, and can affect a large area.

Hazardous Substances

Public Health Crisis

A pandemic is an epidemic of infectious disease that spreads through human populations across a large region, for example multiple continents or even worldwide. Pandemics by their nature are unpredictable in terms of timing, severity and the population groups that are most affected. The New Zealand Influenza Pandemic Plan establishes a framework for action that can readily be adopted and applied to any pandemic, irrespective of the nature of the virus and its severity.

Pandemic planning and response
Tauranga City Council's pandemic plan

Shipping/port accidents

The Port of Tauranga has many visits from major cruise liners during the summer cruise season. This coupled with its major role as one of New Zealand's busiest ports does raise the possibility of major collisions between vessels and/or structures as well as oil spill or fire incidents. The analysis indicates that the likelihood of such events is not high and would be within the capacity of emergency and port services.

Ports and Harbours

Port of Tauranga Health and Safety

Last Reviewed: 07/02/2017