Health and Safety

STANZ has been working with the Ministry of Education, WorkSafe, NZASE and a number of other interested parties on the issue of the new Hazardous Substances Regulations.

We have been able to secure a continuance for our Code of Practice for School Exempt Laboratories past 1st of December 2017.  However, due to changes in the new Hazardous Substance Regulations linked to the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, schools will no longer be able to use adherence to the CoP as a legal defence in the event that an incident occurs. Under HSWA 2015 EVERYONE in a workplace is considered to be responsible for health and safety not just the PCBU (employer) and must take all practicable steps to prevent an incident from occurring. Other than that the new regulations are pretty similar to HSNO.

This continuance means that you can continue to use the CoP (and the guide to the CoP) as a guide of best practice for hazardous substance management.

The Ministry has released an official statement: http://education.govt.nz/ministry-of-education/specific-initiatives/health-and-safety/news-updates-for-health-and-safety/

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Removal of the Code of Practice for School Exempt Laboratories

Hazardous Substances Regulations come into effect on 1 December. At this time, the Hazardous Substances Codes of Practice will no longer be applicable.

For school laboratories, the Ministry of Education is working with WorkSafe New Zealand to develop guidance and compliance documents to replace the Code of Practice for School Exempt Laboratories. Until they are released, the Ministry of Education and WorkSafe suggest schools continue to use this Code,  as well as the Ministry of Education’s guidance to the Code, (which outlines your responsibilities as a board) as their guidance documents for hazardous substance management.

The Ministry of Education is working with a number of organisations to ensure that schools and their Boards are supported in complying with the regulations.

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We will  be keeping you updated as things change.

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 provides guidance on the Code in the context of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

Code of Practice for Exempt Laboratories 2007

Under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (HSNO), teaching and research laboratories may be exempted from certain parts of the Act, provided the laboratories meet the requirements of the Exempt Laboratories Regulations 2001.One means of complying with these regulations is to conform to an Approved Code of Practice.

A Code of Practice for schools has been developed by NZASE and approved by ERMA NZ. 10 January 2007 If schools do not follow this code, school managers should ensure they comply with The Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017.

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.

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Safety Data Sheets

EPA’s CCID

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

WorkSafeNZ

WorkSafeNZ Hazardous Substances Toolbox

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

Code of Practice for Exempt Laboratories ToolBox

Safe Methods of Use

Receipt of Hazardous Substances