September 11, 2018

Hazardous Substances Regulations Updates – What you Need to Know

What is WorkSafe New Zealand?

WorkSafe is New Zealand is the primary workplace health and safety regulator. Their Chief Executive, Nicole Rosie, leads over 550 staff based across New Zealand who are working to lift health and safety performance, ensure employers and employees are up to date with the latest regulations (e.g. risk management, hazardous substances), and also support New Zealanders to ensure they return home from work healthy and safe.
What they aim to achieve
New Zealand is implementing the most significant reforms to workplace health and safety in more than 20 years. These ‘Working Safer’ reforms are the Government’s response to the recommendations of the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety, as articulated in Working Safer: A blueprint for health and safety at work.
Every year 600-900 people die prematurely as a result of work-related ill-health and 50-60 people are killed in work incidents. This is unacceptable. WorkSafe New Zealand has firm targets and priorities to transform New Zealand’s workplace health and safety performance, including the Government’s target to reduce workplace fatalities as well as reduce serious injuries by 25% by 2020.
About this guide
This quick guide outlines the changes to hazardous substances regulations, and in addition, the interpretive guidelines on the new rules for hazardous substances provides information on the key changes introduced by the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017.
Most requirements transfer directly from the previous regulations under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act and stay the same, yet there are some changes.

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