The Hazardous Substances Toolbox has been created to help businesses know how work safely with hazardous substances. It offers some key health and safety principles and will help you to comply with your responsibilities.
Hazardous Substances Reforms
On 1 December 2017 the rules around managing hazardous substances in the workplace transferred from the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (HSNO) to the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations. You can find out more about what’s changed and how it might affect you on the WorkSafe New Zealand website.
The Emergency Management Flipchart
WorkSafe is developing an emergency management flipchart as a template for an emergency response plan. It will be available on this website in December. For information on emergency planning refer to the WorkSafe website www.worksafe.govt.nz
What’s inside the Toolbox?
The Toolbox helps you know your responsibilities under the Hazardous Substances Regulations.
- The Hazardous Substances Calculator helps you create your inventory and tells you the controls you need to put in place.
- The Workbook gives you instructions for filling out your inventory and an inventory form. The form is set up so that you will record all of the information needed to use the Hazardous Substances Calculator.
- Your practical guide to working safely with hazardous substances describes what you need to do to be safe around hazardous substances and includes useful tables and checklists.
- The 5 Steps to Safety sets out a 5 step process you must follow no matter what hazardous substances you use and store.