Role of EPA and WorkSafe
The hazardous substances reforms bring changes to the roles of both the EPA and WorkSafe.
Broadly, the EPA continues to have responsibility for approving and classifying hazardous substances; while WorkSafe implements and enforces workplace requirements provided in the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations.
The EPA focuses on ‘upstream’ activities under HSNO - it continues to receive applications for approval to import or manufacture new hazardous substances, assesses the risks and decides whether the substances should be approved for use in New Zealand. It is responsible for setting the rules for classification, labelling, safety data sheets, packaging and disposal, as well as for protecting the environment and public health.
Under HSWA, WorkSafe focuses on the ‘downstream’ use, storage and handling of hazardous substances in workplaces.
Under HSNO, WorkSafe enforces the ecotoxic and disposal requirements in the workplace.
Our summary table gives an at-a-glance overview of these roles