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Past consultations for notice proposals

This page provides you with links to the consultation documents for our proposals for EPA Notices where the consultation period has closed, and links to the submissions we received. 

Proposed transitional regulations

In April 2017, we called for submissions on proposed transitional regulations made under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act.

These transitional regulations will make sure there are no gaps in the rules after the workplace health and safety hazardous substance rules move from HSNO to the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Submissions opened on 3 April 2017 and closed at 5pm on 12 May 2017. 

Read the consultation document [pdf, 675kb]

Proposed rules to protect the general public and the environment from hazardous substances

Read the issued notice - in force 1 December 2017

Hazardous Substances (Hazardous Property Controls) Notice 2017

June 2017 consultation​​​

A consultation document on proposed changes for managing hazardous substances on board New Zealand and foreign-flagged vessels and aircraft that are in transit through New Zealand to another jurisdiction was released for public consultation on 21 June 2017, with submissions closing on 20 July 2017.

View the June 2017 consultation document [MS Word, 1.025Mb]

March 2017 consultation 

In March 2017 we updated our consultation document and released an exposure draft of a Hazardous Property Controls Notice proposing rules to protect the general public and the environment from hazardous substances.

View the March 2017 consultation document [pdf, 2.08Mb]

October 2016 consultation

In October 2016, we called for submissions on proposals to protect the general public and the environment from hazardous substances.

The consultation document covered rule proposals for substances toxic to the environment and the availability, storage and use of hazardous substances outside of the workplace, in places such as the home. 

Read the consultation document [pdf, 1.26Mb]

Proposed amendment to the Importers and Manufacturers Information Notice 2015 for import certificates for explosives 

Read the amended notice - in force 1 December 2017

Hazardous Substances (Importers and Manufacturers Information) Amendment Notice 2017

​​​A consultation document on a proposed amendment to the Importers and Manufacturers Information Notice was released for public consultation on 19 September 2016, with submissions closing on 14 October 2016. The consultation document was made available on the EPA website and was also sent to relevant persons.

We received a total of six submissions. 

View the consultation document [pdf, 112 kb]

Proposal for an EPA Notice for Forms and Information

Read the issued notice - in force 1 December 2017

Hazardous Substances (Forms and Information) Notice 2017

A consultation document on a proposed Notice for Forms and Information was released for public consultation on 19 September 2016, with submissions closing on 14 October 2016. The consultation document was made available on the EPA website and was also sent to relevant persons. 

We received a total of five submissions. 

Classification, Labelling, Safety Data Sheets and Packaging proposals

Read the issued notices - in force 1 December 2017

September 2016 consultation 

On 19 September 2016, the EPA called for submissions on our updated classification proposal and provided updates to proposals for the labelling, safety data sheets, and packaging rules. Submissions closed on 14 October 2016. The consultation document was made available on the EPA website and was also sent to relevant persons.

Our updated classification proposal was to defer a decision on whether to update the current hazardous substance classification system to a more recent version of the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling (GHS). We deferred this decision to ensure that the EPA could meet the goal of making changes to the HSNO framework, and to ensure that the public received the full benefit of the Working Safer Reforms within Government timeframes. 

We recieved a total of 37 submissions.

View the consultation document ​ [pdf, 1 Mb]
Draft EPA Notice - Classification [pdf, 1.1 Mb]
Draft EPA Notice - Minimum Degrees of Hazard [pdf, 755 kb]
Draft EPA Notice - Labelling
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[pdf, 870 kb]
Draft EPA Notice - Packaging
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[pdf, 630 kb]
Draft EPA Notice - Safety Data Sheets
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[pdf, 700 kb]
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December 2014 consultation  

A consultation document on proposed notices for classification, labelling, packaging and safety data sheets was released for public consultation on 2 December 2014, with submissions closing on 20 February 2015. The consultation document was made available on our website and was also sent to relevant persons. 

We received 80 submissions on the December 2014 consultation. 

Read the submissions we received on this proposal
Read the December 2014 classification, labelling, SDS, packaging consultation document.

Hazardous substances disposal 

Read the issued notice - in force 1 December 2017

Hazardous Substances (Disposal) Notice 2017

​​​A consultation document on a proposed notice for the disposal of hazardous substances was released for public consultation on 11 July 2016, with submissions closing on 22 August 2016. The consultation document was made available on our website and was also sent to relevant persons.

We received 44 submissions in total.

Manufacturer and importer information requirements - in force

The Hazardous Substances (Importer and Manufacturer Information) Notice 2015 requires people who import or manufacture hazardous substances to supply us with their contact information.

We consulted on our notice proposal in March 2015. We received 39 submissions on our proposal.

Read the submissions we received on this proposal
Read the consultation document [pdf, 440kb]
Read the notice.

Enforcement officer qualifications - in force

The enforcement officer qualifications consultation document provided proposals for changing the qualifications needed by hazardous substance enforcement officers appointed under the HSNO Act. 

We consulted on this notice proposal in December 2014. We received 10 submissions on this consultation.

Read the submissions we received on this proposal
Read the enforcement officer qualification consultation document 
Read the notice.