Rules for hazardous substances
We put rules in place, called controls, to manage the risks of hazardous substances and to safeguard people and the environment.
EPA notices contain many of the rules you must follow to safely manage hazardous substances.
You will find hazard classifications codes on substance labels and safety data sheets.
When a hazardous substance is approved (either under a group standard or individually), controls (or rules) are put in place for their use, so that the risks ar…
Some hazardous substances and laboratories are exempt or excluded from the Hazardous Substance and New Organisms (HSNO) Act.
PCBs are banned in New Zealand, but small amounts can still turn up and need to be managed safely. Get advice on what to do with left over PCBs.
When the HSNO regime came into force, some substance approvals had to be brought into it from other regimes.
Codes of practice give additional rules and guidance when using hazardous substances.
Hazardous substances need to be approved before they can be used in New Zealand.