Hazardous Substances Inquiry Is Unnecessary
29 November 2002
Hazardous Substances Inquiry Is Unnecessary Duplication
The Minister of Labour's inquiry into workplace chemical use is an unnecessary duplication of existing processes, says Business NZ.
"With the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act and its associated extensive body of regulations, New Zealand has, according to the Government, one of the most comprehensive hazardous substances management regimes in the world," Business NZ Chief Executive Simon Carlaw said.
"The Environmental Risk Management Agency exists to administer those regulations. If the Minister commissioning the inquiry believes there are workplace problems she should ask ERMA to investigate the effectiveness of the relevant regulations. If particular chemicals are considered to be of concern, then the appropriate course of action would be to ask ERMA to reassess them."