Changes to EPA notices

Find out how EPA notices are changing to incorporate GHS 7.

The GHS 7 is implemented by the Hazardous Substances (Hazard Classification) Notice 2020.

The Hazardous Substances (Minimum Degrees of Hazard) Notice 2017 and the Hazardous Substances (Classification) Notice 2017 will be revoked and other 2017 notices are being updated. 

EPA Notices (Amendments and Revocations) Notice 2020

EPA Notices (Amendments and Revocations) Notice 2020 (PDF, 1.1MB)

This notice revokes the Hazardous Substances (Minimum Degrees of Hazard) Notice 2017 and the Hazardous Substances (Classification) Notice 2017. 

It also makes the changes to the 2017 notices below.

Hazardous Substances (Hazard Classification) Notice 2020

Hazardous Substances (Hazard Classification) Notice 2020 (PDF, 472KB)

Where the GHS 7 gives options, the notice specifies which options we have adopted, and also lists the GHS 7 classifications we have not adopted. It also  includes a New Zealand-specific terrestrial ecotoxicity hazard framework.

  • We have not adopted acute toxicity Category 5. This is the equivalent of HSNO 6.1E acute toxicity classification. Substances that were 6.1E due to aspiration hazard will be captured under aspiration hazard Category 1.
  • We have not adopted skin irritation Category 3. This is the equivalent of HSNO 6.3B.
  • We have not adopted aspiration hazard Category 2.
  • We have not adopted hazardous to the aquatic environment acute Categories 2 and 3.
  • We have not adopted hazardous to the ozone layer.
  • Where the GHS 7 provides optional concentration cut-off values for classification of mixtures, we adopted the lower concentration cut-off values. This is consistent with pre-existing HSNO cut-offs.

We have introduced a hazard class “substances that are hazardous to the terrestrial environment”. It is applied only to agrichemicals or active ingredients used in the manufacture of some agrichemicals. This hazard class comprises four hazard classifications that cover HSNO classifications:

  • hazardous to soil organisms (replaces HSNO 9.2A – D)
  • hazardous to terrestrial vertebrates (replaces HSNO 9.3A – C)
  • hazardous to terrestrial invertebrates (replaces HSNO 9.4A – C)
  • designed for biocidal action (replaces HSNO 9.1D biocide).

Hazardous Substances (Labelling) Notice 2017

Consolidated Hazardous Substances (Labelling) Notice 2017 (PDF, 576KB)

The consolidated version of the Hazardous Substances (Labelling) Notice 2017 as amended by the EPA Notices (Amendments and Revocations) Notice 2020 has the following changes.

  • Replaced HSNO classes and classifications with GHS 7 classes and classifications with minor changes to wording.
  • Removed the clause on labelling elements for desensitised explosives as these are now included within GHS 7. 
  • Replaced the term “pesticide” and its associated definition with the term “agrichemical” and associated definition.
  • Amended clauses relating to labelling agrichemicals to:
    • take into account that the term “agrichemicals” is now used, which covers a wider range of substances than the term “pesticides”
    • reflect the new terminology for substances that are hazardous to the terrestrial environment
    • include performance-based requirements for labelling agrichemicals that are hazardous to the terrestrial environment (clause 19), that are equivalent to those that applied under the Hazardous Substances (Identification) Regulations 2001.
  • Changed transitional provisions.
  • Removed the Schedule that provides the HSNO to GHS classification correlations table (this table is now in the Hazard Classifications Notice).
  • Made minor changes to improve consistency, readability and correct obvious errors.

Hazardous Substances (Safety Data Sheets) Notice 2017

Consolidated Hazardous Substances (Safety Data Sheets) Notice 2017 (PDF, 599KB)

The consolidated version of the  Hazardous Substances (Safety Data Sheets) Notice 2017 as amended by the EPA Notices (Amendments and Revocations) Notice 2020 has the following changes.

  • Replaced HSNO classifications with GHS 7 classifications with minor changes to wording.
  • Minor amendments to reflect GHS 7 becoming the new classification system.
  • Changed transitional provisions.
  • Removed Schedule 2 that provides the HSNO to GHS classification correlations table (this table is now in the Hazard Classifications Notice).
  • Made minor changes to improve consistency, readability and correct obvious errors.

Hazardous Substances (Packaging) Notice 2017

Consolidated Hazardous Substances (Packaging) Notice 2017 (PDF, 621KB)

The consolidated version of the Hazardous Substances (Packaging) Notice 2017 as amended by the EPA Notices (Amendments and Revocations) Notice 2020 has the following changes.

  • Replaced HSNO classifications with GHS 7 classifications with minor changes to wording.
  • Changed transitional provisions.

Hazardous Substances (Disposal) Notice 2017

Consolidated Hazardous Substances (Disposal) Notice 2017 (PDF, 264KB)

The consolidated version of the Hazardous Substances (Disposal) Notice 2017 as amended by the EPA Notices (Amendments and Revocations) Notice 2020 has the following changes.

  • Replaced HSNO classifications with GHS 7 classifications with minor changes to wording.
  • Replaced the term “packaging” with “container” in several clauses.
  • Amended clause 9 (2)(b) to exclude skin and eye irritants.
  • Added a definition of “bioaccumulative”.
  • Changed the definition of “rapidly degradable”.

Hazardous Substances (Hazardous Property Controls) Notice 2017

Consolidated Hazardous Substances (Hazardous Property Controls) Notice 2017 (PDF, 1.2MB)

The consolidated version of the Hazardous Substances (Hazardous Property Controls) Notice 2017 as amended by the EPA Notices (Amendments and Revocations) Notice 2020 has the following changes.

  • Replaced HSNO classifications with GHS 7 classifications with minor changes to wording.
  • Replaced the term “pesticide” and its associated definition with the term “agrichemical” and associated definition.
  • Amended clauses related to the use of agrichemicals to:
    • take into account that the term “agrichemicals” is now used, which covers a wider range of substances than the current term “pesticides”
    • reflect the new terminology for substances hazardous to the terrestrial environment.
  • Deleted the default qualification requirement for people applying HSNO class 9.2A, 9.3A and 9.4A agrichemicals. This requirement will remain as either an additional control or added to Schedule 9 of the Hazardous Substances (Hazardous Property Controls) Notice 2017. The default qualification requirements for people applying agrichemicals classified as aquatic toxicity acute Category 1 or chronic Category 1 is retained.
  • Deleted the default requirement to keep a record of application when applying HSNO class 9.2A, 9.3A and 9.4A agrichemicals. This requirement will remain as either an additional control or added to a new schedule (Schedule 8A) to the Hazardous Substances (Hazardous Property Controls) Notice. The default requirement to keep a record when applying agrichemicals classified as aquatic toxicity acute Category 1 or chronic Category 1 is retained.
  • Changed the current threshold quantity that requires signage at sites storing agrichemicals with terrestrial ecotoxicity hazards. The current threshold quantities for terrestrial ecotoxicity classifications cannot be retained due changes to the classification system for these hazards. A threshold quantity of 10,000 L / kg was applied to all terrestrial ecotoxicity classifications.
  • Made minor changes to improve consistency, readability and correct obvious errors.

Hazardous Substances (Importers and Manufacturers) Notice 2015

Consolidated Hazardous Substances (Importers and Manufacturers) Notice 2015 (PDF, 216KB)

The consolidated version of the Hazardous Substances (Importers and Manufacturers) Notice 2015 as most recently amended by the EPA Notices (Amendments and Revocations) Notice 2020 has the following changes.

  • Amended clause 10 (Information and certification requirements prior to uplifting imported hazardous substances) to take account of GHS terminology for explosive substances.