Rules for hazardous substances

Find out what the legal obligations are for hazardous substances in New Zealand.

What rules have changed?

New rules for hazardous substances came into effect on 1 December 2017. Find out how this affects you.

EPA Notices for hazardous substances

EPA Notices contain many of the rules you must follow for managing hazardous substances. The Notices and some accompanying guidance are listed here.

Hazardous substances classification codes

Find out which classification codes mean and which ones, if any, apply to your hazardous substances.

Controls for hazardous substances

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...

Exempt substances and laboratories

Some laboratories and hazardous substances are exempt or excluded from the Hazardous Substance and New Organisms (HSNO) Act. You do not need an approval to impo...

Rules for Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

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.

Transfer Approvals and Gazette Notices

When the HSNO regime came into force, some substances had approvals from other regimes brought directly into the HSNO regime. These were performed using transfe...

Codes of Practice for Hazardous Substances

Codes of practice give additional rules and guidance when using hazardous substances.

Consultations on EPA Notices

Public consultations were held on the proposed EPA Notices, which gave people chance to have their say.