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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 and after consultation has come into effect from December 2017.

Note also that Cabinet has made the remainder of policy decisions for these regulations. Details can be found on the MBIE site.

Health and Safety Policy Team
Labour and Immigration Policy Branch
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment 


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)

  • Development of Certifier training and future certifier development


Any members who also want to assist are welcome to contact us at




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