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Changes to how hazardous substances are managed

New Zealand’s system for managing hazardous substances is changing.  The rules that govern the use of hazardous substances in the workplace are moving from the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act (administered by the EPA) into a new Health and Safety at Work (HSW) Act (administered by WorkSafe).

The changes are part of a wider effort by the Government to improve overall workplace health and safety. This page gives you details about what’s happening, and provides links to learn more.

Read information about the background to the reform and why changes are being made. 

Latest updates

15 May 2017

EPA notices update

We’ve been considering the feedback submitted on the proposed EPA notices and are finalising our notices. At this stage, we plan to have the notices finalised and published in the second half of this year. The notices will then come into force in December 2017. We plan to release an analysis of submissions at the same time we release the finalised notices.

The notices will be finalised when the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations are. These regulations will also be finalised in the first half of this year to allow people time to plan for the rule changes when they come into force at the end of the year.

Got questions?​

If you have any questions you can email us at hsreform@epa.govt.nz.