Transporting hazardous substances

The Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Act 2015 (HSWA) defers to the labelling and packaging rules set by the relevant transport agency.

New Zealand’s transport rules are derived from recommendations of the international agencies for the transport of dangerous goods covering each transport sector. HSWA defers to the labelling and packaging rules set by the relevant transport agency. If you have any queries on the transport of hazardous substances, seek advice from the relevant agency websites:

 New Zealand Transport Agency(external link) (road or rail)

 Maritime New Zealand(external link) (sea)

 Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand(external link) (air)

Compliance certification requirements

Depending on the type and quantity of chemicals held at your site, you may require one or more of the following compliance certificates:

If you are unsure about your compliance certification requirements, contact a compliance certifier for advice.

Find a compliance certifier(external link)

As a general rule, you should keep the quantities of hazardous substances stored on your site to a minimum. In this way the risks may be reduced and the need for compliance certification reduced.