Minor Amendments to the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017

Submissions closed: 15 January 2020, 5pm

We are proposing a number of minor changes to the regulations

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment are proposing a number of minor amendments to the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017.

You may be interested in these changes if your work involves the storage or handling of toxic or corrosive chemicals, storing LPG, paints or other flammable liquids, or diesel tank systems.

The purpose of these changes

These amendments aim to correct a number of technical issues that have been noted under the regulations. These issues make some requirements unclear, and are creating unintended compliance costs for some businesses without improving safety. 

In most cases, we are suggesting these issues are addressed by restoring the requirements that were in place prior to the 2017 regulations.

We are proposing 39 amendments in total. You can find a list of these amendments and an explanation of each in the consultation document below.

We want to hear your feedback on how these proposed changes will impact you, whether you think these suggestions will help resolve issues, and any impacts you think they may have on safety.