Hazardous Substances Regulations Are Changing - Is Your Business Affected?

Tuesday October 16, 2018 12:52

Do you have any of the following hazardous substances on site?

  • Class 1 Explosives
  • Class 2 Flammable Gases
  • Class 3 Flammable Liquids
  • Class 4 Flammable Solids
  • Class 5 Oxidising Substances
  • Class 6 Substances Toxic to People
  • Class 8 Corrosive Substances
  • Class 9 Substances Toxic to the Environment

If so, you may / may not be aware that The WorkSafe Health and Safety at Work Hazardous Substances Regulation 2017 comes into force on 1 December 2018.

We are offering hazardous substances awareness training to meet the new regulation requirements.

Is that of interest to you?

If so, download and fill in our Hazardous Substances survey / order form now (113Kb .pdf).

Q: "What are the changes to the Hazardous Substances Regulation?"

Clause 4.5 of these regulations state that it is the Duty of every PCBU (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking) to ensure that every worker who uses, handles, manufactures, or stores a hazardous substance (including hazardous waste) is, before the worker is allowed to carry out or supervise work involving those substances, provided with:

  1. the information on the location of hazardous substances in their work area and the location of, and availability of, known reference material on the hazards, safe handling, and storage of the hazardous substances found in the workplace, including (without limitation) safety data sheets;
  2. the training and instruction on the:
    1. the physico-chemical and health hazards associated with the hazardous substances the worker uses at work
    2. the procedures (if applicable) for the safe use, handling, manufacture, storage, and disposal of the hazardous substances
    3. practice in the safe use of plant (including personal protective equipment) necessary to manage the hazardous substances
    4. the worker’s obligations under these regulations
    5. the actions that the worker should take in an emergency involving the hazardous substances
  3. an appropriate period of practical experience of the matters described in (b), under direct supervision in the workplace

The degree and level of training that workers must receive will depend on the types (classifications) of hazardous substances the business has and what work is being done, i.e. using, storage, manufacturing, etc.

Q: "Can Securo help us ensure we meet the new regulations?"

Yes indeed, we can provide you with hazardous substance awareness training to help you meet the new regulations.

If you'd like our help, download and fill in our Hazardous Substances survey / order form now (113Kb .pdf).

Email the completed survey to Securo Head Office at secteam@securo.co.nz.

If you require any assistance in determining your requirements, please contact your Securo consultant.