Hazardous Substances

The Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (HSNO) was designed to manage the risk of adverse reactions to the mishandling of dangerous goods and the introduction of new organisms (species) natural or modified into the New Zealand environment. HSNO introduced significant controls which must be adhered to.

From 1 December 2017 hazardous substance management came under the jurisdiction of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.  HSNO is still valid, but the bulk of the controls are now be managed by the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substance) Regulations 2017. 

If you have hazardous materials on site, you will probably trigger one or more controls under these regulations. It is important that each business control their hazardous substances in the correct manner and that their staff are aware of the substances and their hazards, plus the correct procedures for handling, storage, and emergencies involving these substances. If you are unsure of how to apply these regulations, Rangiriri Consultants can help.

Examples of hazardous materials:

  • acids
  • alkalis
  • solvents and solvent based products (paints)
  • oxidisers (including bottled oxygen)
  • flammable gases (LPG, Acetylene)

Rangiriri Consultants has the specialist knowledge and experience within the hazardous substance arena and is therefore in a unique position to undertake an initial determination of your requirements, and work with your business to achieve the required certification.

Residential Housing Methamphetamine Testing

Methamphetamine use is increasing as is the use of residential properties for the clandestine manufacture of this illegal drug. The use and manufacture of methamphetamine leaves toxic residues that are harmful to humans.

It is becoming increasingly important for those renting or purchasing residential housing to have the property screened for methamphetamine prior to completing the hire / purchase agreement.

Rangiriri Consultants is able to undertake routine sampling and analysis for methamphetamine contamination of residential housing. Using a registered laboratory we will sample the property and have a report back within 3 working days. The laboratory uses sophisticated analytical equipment that is capable of detecting 0.02 micrograms per sample compared to other methods that detect 1 microgram per sample.

Our qualified chemist will personally visit the property to undertake the sampling and take photos of the sampled area. Once the results are returned from the laboratory he will advise on any next steps if required.