On 30 April New Zealand will adopt the GHS Classification system in place of the HSNO classification system. Join our Snr Consultant Janet Connochie on 15 April in a webinar that will look at what is changing and why, and more importantly what this means for you right now and in the future.Read More
Taking an asbestos sample doesn't look particularly tricky but there are reasons why you should leave it to the experts. Find out the 5 reasons you shouldn't collect your own asbestos samples.Read More
If you have hazardous substances on site you should be prepared for what happens in an emergency and you should share that plan with Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ). Find out what five things they'd like to see in your emergency response plan.Read More
If you are required to have an emergency response plan (ERP) under the hazardous substances regulations, you need to test your plan with regard to all emergencies at least once every year.Read More
Monday the 8th is International Women’s Day. For over a century, International Women’s Day has marked a day of advocacy for women’s rights around the world. We want to celebrate Bridgette Jennings who is the Managing Director at Chemsafety.Read More
Janet Connochie our Senior Hazardous Substance Consultant has written a comprehensive paper that takes a look at what has changed for fire ratings, advice on what you need to do for compliance and a look at some common examples such as LPG storage, fire doors and ventsRead More
Although its coming to the end of summer, heat stress should be a consideration all year round. Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments are at risk of heat stress. Some common indoor industries where this could be a factor all year round include, foundries, smelters, bakeries, boilers, and cultured dairy product factories.Read More
Every couple of years the EPA reviews the classifications of hazardous substances when new information has become available. The 2019-2020 Chemical Review is now open for consultation.
WorkSafe have released a position document for those whose hazardous substances separation distances extend over the property boundary, outlining when you need written agreement with your neighbour.
In short, if your hazardous substances
You may be aware that the classification system that we use for hazardous substances in New Zealand is changing.
At the moment we use the HSNO classification system, for example:
* 2.1.1A – Extremely flammable gas
* 6.4A – Eye irritant
* 3.1B – Highly flammable liquid
From April 2021 New Zealand will adopt the GHS classification system. Most of the HSNO classes correlate to the new GHS classificationsRead More
Masks and face coverings are a very topical subject as Auckland moves back up to Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand moves up to Level 2.
We give a reminder on the different types of masks you have seen being used during the pandemic. Ensure you know the limitations on each type before you use them. Chemsafety can help you with respirator selection if needed.Read More
Join us for our free webinar on Wednesday 12 August at 10:00am to learn how to minimise exposure to hazardous substances.Read More
Do you know what to do if the hazardous substance you use and store begin to spill or they leak? Join us in our free webinar to discover what you should have in your spill kit, what should be in your emergency response plan and what steps you should take in an emergency situation. This webinar is suited to all those workplaces that hold hazardous substances on site.Read More
From 2020 Chemsafety has been examining in detail the evidence available for the fire ratings of flammable gas and liquids stores. This is to provide assurance to both the client and Chemsafety that the regulations are being met and the hazard appropriately controlled.Read More
Michael Gray is our Founding Director at Chemsafety. Although still actively involved in the business, these days Michael can be found thinking about strategic direction while fishing on the lakes around New Zealand, or pondering the companies cashflow while working in his garden.
We asked Michael about why he begun the company in 1992, what are his biggest achievements and what he's most proud of.Read More
We're coming up to the second anniversary of our Wellington Branch. We've been working with some great companies completing asbestos survey's, providing asbestos assessor services, noise monitoring, dust and silica monitoring, respirator fit testing and certification.Read More
The 11thEdition of theWorkplace Exposure Standards and Biological Exposure Indices Special Guidehas now been published on the WorkSafe websitehere.
Table 1 below shows some of the WES that have been adopted in December 2019, and those for which we intend changing the WES in three years’ time.
The time has come to establish a hazardous substance location (HSL) for your class 6 (toxic) and class 8 (corrosive) substances. From 1 June 2019 if you exceed the thresholds, you will need to have established an HSL for these substances.Read More
In Australia there have been approximately 106 cases of acute silicosis (including 2 fatalities) caused by breathing in dust created by the cutting and grinding of engineered stone benches. The benches contain up to 97% quartz (crystalline silica).Read More
Respirable Crystalline Silica has come under the focus of Worksafe NZ as part of their Clean Air Programme. Respirable crystalline silica is a known carcinogen and a health risk to those primarily working in the construction and manufacturing industries.Read More
Worksafe New Zealand has implemented a new initiative called the Clean Air Programme. The main focus of the Clean Air Programme is protecting workers from crystalline silica dust and solvents within the work place but also encompasses welding fume and wood dust.Read More