There is specific guidance for importing, manufacturing and using every type of hazardous substance in New Zealand–from cosmetics to pesticides or explosives.
Hazardous substances are regulated under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996, and we set the rules for anyone who wants to import or manufacture a hazardous substance.
Many common products imported and manufactured in New Zealand are regulated as hazardous substances. Paints, glues, garden sprays, pool chemicals and cleaning products can all have hazardous properties and, if they do, are regulated as hazardous substances.
If you import or manufacture a hazardous substance (product), you are responsible for knowing its hazardous properties. You’re also responsible for making sure that you follow the rules. We have listed some important things you need to do to help you with that.
EPA New Zealand, 29 October 2021