WorkSafe may exempt any person, or class of persons, from compliance with any provision of regulations. This applies to all regulations made under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

Granting an exemption

WorkSafe cannot grant an exemption unless it is satisfied that:

  • the extent of the exemption is not broader than is reasonably necessary to address the matters that gave rise to the proposed exemption and
  • the exemption is not inconsistent with the purpose of HSWA.

Applying for an exemption

It is the responsibility of the Applicant to:

  • submit the application using the appropriate form
  • pay the fee (if any) when invoiced
  • provide all necessary information to support the application.

Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Applicants should complete the form below to request an exemption (or an amendment to an exemption)

If you are applying for an exemption from the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 please use the specialised forms

PDF
Application for exemption (or amendment to exemption) (PDF 46 KB)

An application for an exemption must specify the exemption being sought and if applicable demonstrate how safety will be ensured if the exemption is granted. Supporting information should be attached to the application.

Please send your completed application to WorkSafe New Zealand:

Email: exemption@worksafe.govt.nz

Post:

WorkSafe New Zealand
CAR Team
Exemption
PO Box 165
Wellington 6140

Specialised hazardous substances application forms 

There are specialised application forms for exemptions from the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017.
 
Applicants should complete the appropriate form to request an exemption (or an amendment to an exemption). 
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Application for exemption from certain certificates for cylinders (PDF 56 KB)
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Application for exemption from hazardous substances regulations (PDF 66 KB)
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Application for exemption from Part 11 requirements for separation distance and/or building type (PDF 83 KB)
PDF
Application for exemption from fire fighting facilities on a stationary tank (PDF 74 KB)
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Application for exemption from fire fighting facilities for an LPG tank wagon (PDF 105 KB)
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Application for exemption under Regulation 13.44 of the hazardous substances regulations (PDF 83 KB)

Please send your completed application to WorkSafe New Zealand:

Email: hsapplications@worksafe.govt.nz

Post:

WorkSafe New Zealand
CAR Team
Exemption
PO Box 165
Wellington 6140