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Consultation open on transitional regulations to maintain the safety of Kiwis and our environment 

 3 April 2017

​The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is seeking submissions on a consultation paper for transitional regulations made under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act. 

Changes were made to the HSNO Act as part of the Government’s Health and Safety Reform. Part of these changes include moving the workplace hazardous substances rules from HSNO to the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA). 

Moving these requirements has created some gaps in the rules. To fill these gaps, specific rules are being set in the Hazardous Property Controls (HPC) Notice. To make sure these gap filling rules are in place for all existing HSNO approvals when the HPC Notice becomes law (expected December 2017), transitional regulations are needed under HSNO. 

The EPA is seeking public feedback and comment on the proposals set out in a consultation document to inform the development of the transitional regulations.

The transitional regulations will be developed by the Ministry for the Environment (MfE).

We invite you to make submissions on these proposals. 

Submissions open on 3 April 2017 and close at 5pm on 12 May 2017. 

All submissions must be submitted in writing via email to: or mail to Private Bag 63002, Wellington 6140, New Zealand.