newzealand.govt.nz ContactUs List of access keys Home Site Map Privacy FAQs Disclaimer Skip to main content
Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size Print Phis Page

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

New timing for rules coming into effect

The Health and Safety at Work regulations relating to hazardous substances are expected to be finalised in the first quarter of 2017, coming into effect in December 2017.  Our EPA Notices will be finalised and come into effect at the same time as the regulations.

Got questions?​

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