New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has released its 2015 reportMonitoring the Effectiveness of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996. This document reports on harms caused to people and the environment by substances and new organisms regulated under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (HSNO), and the effectiveness of the HSNO regime. The report uses data collected from a variety of sources. It shows petrol and cleaning products are the most common substances involved in cases where people have been hospitalised because of exposure to hazardous substances. Almost half of all cases where people needed hospitalisation because of exposure to hazardous substances happened at people’s homes. Children under the age of five are the most likely to be hospitalised for exposure to hazardous substances. A copy of the report is available at: Read the report.
NZ EPA, 14 July 2015