Chemicals restricted to workplaces
Hazardous chemicals restricted to workplaces are in Table 1 of the consolidated Hazardous Substances (Hazardous Property Controls) Notice 2017. Exceptions are listed in Table 2.
Hazardous Substances (Hazardous Property Controls) Notice 2017 (PDF, 1.2MB)
Follow the law when selling or supplying restricted chemicals
There are some steps to follow to make sure you are supplying these restricted chemicals lawfully.
1. These chemicals must only be supplied to a workplace, and that workplace must have a "competent person" to accept responsibility for the substance. A competent person is someone who either:
- has received information, instruction and training to handle the substance
- is a certified handler for the substance, where relevant.
In exceptional circumstances, we, the EPA, may issue a permission for an authorised person to use restricted chemicals in a non-workplace.
Contact us for more information about obtaining permission: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Before supplying a restricted chemical, the supplier must get confirmation in writing that the competent or authorised person will accept responsibility for the substance, once it is delivered to them.
3. The supplier must keep written records for 12 months after they supply the substance, including:
- the product or chemical name
- the name and address of the competent person or authorised person that received the substance
- the date of supply
- a copy of the confirmation that the competent or authorised person will accept responsibility.
4. Some restricted chemicals must also be tracked throughout their life cycle in New Zealand. The chemicals that must be tracked by law are listed in Schedule 26, Tables 1 and 2, of the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017.
Contact WorkSafe for more details – WorkSafe website
Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 – New Zealand legislation website