Latest notice from MBIE regarding the hazardous substances regulation changes:
The development of the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations has been a substantial piece of work, involving the transfer and consolidation of requirements currently contained in 15 sets of HSNO regulations and approximately 9,000 HSNO approvals (approximately 210 group standard approvals, 7,300 deemed approvals for individual substances covered by HSNO transfer notices, and 1,500 approvals for individual substances).
We have previously informed you that the regulations would be made by December 2016 to come into effect in July 2017. Please note that given the large size and complexity of the drafting task this timeframe has been extended. We now anticipate that the regulations can be made by late March/early April 2017 at the earliest, to come into effect in early December 2017.
Note also that Cabinet has made the remainder of policy decisions for these regulations. Details can be found at www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/employment-skills/workplace-health-and-safety-reform/development-of-regulations-to-support-the-new-health-and-safety-at-work-act.
Health and Safety Policy Team
Labour and Immigration Policy Branch
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment 5 Dec 16
In this period of H&S regulation change, specific items that NZIHSM are providing voluntary assistance for in amongst other items include:
- High hazards Guidance Group:
- HASANZ: An association of safety associations
- HSNO Guidance Group:
- Class 1 Fireworks
- Australian DGCI (Sydney)
New Zealand's workplace health and safety professionals now have a new umbrella organisation. The Health and Safety Association of New Zealand - HASANZ - was launched on 10 September 2014. 11 Sep 14