HSNO Regulations - Offences & Fines

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Offences and Fines

One key thing you will notice as you look through the hazardous substances regulations (and other HSWA regulations)  is the section in each regulation telling you what the penalties are should you break the law and be convicted.  This serves as a nice reminder, should you need it, of one reason why you need to be doing this.

“A PCBU who contravenes this regulation commits an offence and is liable on conviction,—

(a) for an individual, to a fine not exceeding $XXXX:

(b) for any other person, to a fine not exceeding $YYYYY.”

Y is usually 5 times X

Infringement Offences & Fines

The Health and Safety at Work (Infringement Offences and Fees) Regulations has been amended to include a list of offences relating to hazardous substances.

These are typically $300 or $1000 for an individual and $1500 or $6000 for an entity.  Examples include failing to keep and maintain an inventory, failing to keep a record of training & instruction, failing to keep a record of an emergency response plan test.