Submissions on proposed changes to hazardous substances management – closing soon

New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) are seeking feedback on the proposals for the first five EPA Notices, which will simplify the key requirements for hazardous substances under the HSNO Act. The notice proposals cover;

  • hazard classification;
  • labelling;
  • safety data sheets;
  • packaging; and
  • enforcement officer qualifications.

Submissions close 9 February 2015 for the proposed changes to the hazardous substances enforcement officer qualifications and 20 February 2015 for the other four notice proposals. EPA Notices are a new mechanism proposed under amendments to the HSNO Act that will allow the agency to simplify key requirements for hazardous substances management. They’ll also allow the EPA to consolidate and update requirements that are currently spread across regulations, transfer notices, individual approvals and group standards. Notices will be approved by the EPA Board rather than going through Cabinet so will be able to be updated more easily and kept up to date with international developments. The consultation documents are available at: http://www.epa.govt.nz/consultations/hazardous-substances/Pages/notices-consultation-documents.aspx

NZ EPA, 2 February 2015 ;http://www.epa.govt.nz ;