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Hazardous Substances

From petrol and LPG to toothpaste and fireworks, there are more than 100,000 hazardous substances in common use in the home, at work and in public places. All new hazardous substances need an approval.  Find out if your substance is hazardous, approved for use, and how to use and store it safely.

About hazardous substances
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Popular topics

Read about issues and developments in hazardous substances that are topical right now.​​​

Approvals and group standards

How to find a group standard, make an application; or apply to reassess or amend an existing approval.

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Buildings, Plant and Equipment

Buildings, plant and equipment containing hazardous substances may need an approval from us.

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Certification, qualifications and licences

Get the qualifications you need to buy and use hazardous substances safely and legally.

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Importing and manufacturing

​Any hazardous substance imported or manufactured in New Zealand requires approval, if it does not already have one.

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Reassessments and reviews

Request a reassessment of the approval for a hazardous substance; apply to have a group standard amended, classification reviewed, or minor change made to an approval.

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At home

Many of the everyday items we use at home are hazardous substances, such as cleaners, paint and fuels. Find out how to look after yourselves

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Using and storing

The rules, and the qualifications needed to transport, use and store hazardous substances safely, at home and at work.

Ozone depleting substances

The procedures for obtaining permits for the import and export of ozone-depleting substances under the Ozone Layer Protection Act 1996.

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Hazardous waste

Information about the process and requirements for obtaining permits for the import and export of hazardous waste.

Enforcement

Find out who is responsible for ensuring controls are enforced and who to contact to report incidents where controls are breached.

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