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Regulation of Hazardous Substances on-board Foreign Flagged Vessels and Foreign Crewed Aircraft post December 2017

21 June 2017

Regulation of Hazardous Substances on-board Foreign Flagged Vessels and Foreign Crewed Aircraft post December 2017

The EPA is seeking your views on a consultation document which sets out proposed changes for managing hazardous substances on board New Zealand and foreign-flagged vessels and aircraft which are in transit through New Zealand to another jurisdiction.

This proposal is part of a package of changes made to the HSNO Act under the Government’s Health and Safety Reform.

The reform will see many rules relating to the management of hazardous substances in the workplace move from the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act (administered by the EPA) into the new Health and Safety at Work (HSW) Act (administered by WorkSafe).

You can read more about the reforms here.

The consultation paper proposes that the EPA continues to regulate:

  • unapproved hazardous substances on board any New Zealand or foreign-owned ship or aircraft
  • approved explosives on board foreign-flagged ships.

It also proposes that:

  • If the unapproved hazardous substance or approved explosive is removed from the vessel (or aircraft), it will be necessary to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act
  • New Zealand flagged ships or aircraft transporting approved explosives will need to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act.

You are invited to make submissions on this proposal. 

Submissions open on 21 June 2017 and close on 20 July 2017.

View the consultation document here (MS Word) (1025 kb)

A submission form is attached as Appendix 3 to the consultation document.

All submissions must be in writing via email to: hsreform@epa.govt.nz or mail to Private Bag 63002, Wellington 6140, New Zealand.​