Update: Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations

New Zealand’s Ministry for Business (MBIE), Innovation and Employment recently announced that the development of the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations has been delayed. The 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). MBIE have previously stated 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. The Ministry 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. Also note that Cabinet has made the remainder of policy decisions for these regulations. Details can be found at http://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.

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