Health and Safety

Safety and Science

Ministry of Education guidance document for health in safety in laboratories. It is downloadable, but as a ‘living’ document changes will continue to be made, and you will need to monitor them. The document is on the TKI webpage about Planning for Science programmes, under Safety.

Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017

The Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 is the specific part of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 that deals with Hazardous Substances. Safety and Science is the schools guide to help with compliance.

Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 is New Zealand’s workplace health and safety law. It came into effect on 4 April 2016.


The Environmental Protection Agency’s Chemical Classification and Information Database.

Worksafe NZ

WorkSafe NZ Hazardous Substances ToolBox

Disclaimer: members have found this to be more relevant to commercial or industrial volumes of Hazardous Substances.

WorkSafe NZ Hazardous Substances Disposal Controls

External Chemical Bunker regulations and Tracking Form

Safe Methods of Use

Safe Methods of Use: An Approach to Compliance

Safe Methods of Use templates can be found on our members-only site.

Safety Data Sheets


A large selection of labels can be downloaded from our members-only site.

Receipt of Hazardous Substances

Sabina Cleary’s Safety in Science presentation ConSTANZ19

Safety in Science presentation by Sabina Cleary, NZASE Co-Health and Safety Officer.

Old Health and Safety Codes

The following Codes and Guides linked are now outdated, but retained here for reference preferences.

For up to date guidance see Safety and Science 2021, and The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, and its associated Regulations. All of which can be found at the top of this page.

Guidance to the Code of Practice for School Exempt Laboratories overlaid with information about duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2016

This resource provided guidance on the Code in the context of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

Code of Practice for Exempt Laboratories 2007

Safety and Science 2000

Disclaimer: Safety and Science was first published in 1997, revised in 2000. It should be consulted in conjunction with other safety guidelines and Codes of Practice for School Laboratories.  This manual will be reviewed and updated in the near future.  Meanwhile Learning Media has given permission for the 2000 version of the document to be scanned and made available on this website.