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HSNO (Hazardous Substances) changes

Significant changes are proposed to the regulations that control how we handle, store and manage hazardous substances in the workplace. Most these changes are effective from 1 Dec 2017.

 

A brief summary of the changes are

  • Approved handlers will be known as certified handlers and these handlers are only required for explosives, fumigants, poisons and other highly toxic substances
  • Safety data sheets (SDS) must be held and abbreviated copies are sufficient
  • Training – all employees who are at risk from hazardous substances should receive training and this may be completed internally
  • Inventory is required to be maintained and include name, UN number, quantity, location, storage requirements
  • Emergency response – strengthened to include SDS info, register and plan
  • Labelling – on all containers including waste and stationery tanks
  • Worksafe NZ take over from EPA the responsibility for workplace enforcement and rules

 

If you would like a more detailed summary then please email us admin@safesound.co.nz and we will forward you the relevant information.

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