Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Hazardous substances system world class

2 August 2006 Media Statement

Minister: hazardous substances system world class

Thanks to new Group Standards for managing hazardous substances, New Zealand now has one of the best systems in the world, Environment Minister David Benson-Pope said today.

From 1 July this year, all hazardous substances in New Zealand have been governed by The Hazardous Substances Act 1996 (HSNO). The Dangerous Goods Act and Toxic Substances Act cease to apply.

Over the past few years approximately 5000 products of various types were transferred from old legislation to the new Act. These include dangerous goods, pesticides and veterinary medicines, and more recently over 118,000 notified toxic substances (NOTS).

“This puts us in an excellent position internationally. New Zealand is now a world leader in its comprehensive approach to hazardous substance management. We have fully adopted the United Nations globally harmonised system of classification,” Mr Benson-Pope said.

“These innovative group standards set a benchmark for the safe management of hazardous substances throughout their life-cycle.

“I would personally like to thank the hundreds of business people and larger industry groups for their cooperation and patience to achieve the transfer of hazardous substances to the new Group Standards under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act.

“The Environmental Risk Management Authority’s (ERMA) pragmatism, perseverance and commitment to the transfer project, is admirable, and industry played a significant part and I appreciate their encouragement and on-going involvement.

“The completion of transfer on 1 July was the result of many years of hard work and will improve the protection of our health and environment, while allowing us to benefit from well managed substances,” Mr Benson-Pope said,

The new group standards allow two years for importers, manufacturers and users of hazardous substances to progressively implement group standard conditions.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news