Legislation on Dangerous Goods Storage


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What are dangerous goods (DG)?

Dangerous goods include substances that have explosive, flammable, toxic, infectious, corrosive or environmentally hazardous properties, and containers that have held dangerous goods

For more information on common dangerous goods click here.

What are the legislations for storing Dangerous Goods?  

The guiding legislation for storing and managing Dangerous Goods here in New Zealand, is the Health & Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations, which reforms came into effect in December 2017.

Under this legislation sits subordinate legislation in the form of EPA notices and Safe Work Instruments.

EPA notices contain many of the rules you must following for managing hazardous substances. This includes notices on storage, hazard classification, labelling, packaging, controls, and disposal, among others.

Then within this framework there are the varying AU/NZ Standards that regulate the design and capabilities of units that store the varying classes of dangerous goods.

You can read more details on both the Worksafe and EPA websites, along with our overview on Hazardous Substances here.

Creating safer working environments

At Hazero our mission is zero hazards. Our extensive range of quality products will help you store, contain and control and clean-up dangerous goods and hazardous substances.

View our full range of Dangerous Goods Stores here.

Need help creating a safer working environment? Contact our team today on 0800 688 844 or email us at info@hazero.co.nz. Our team are also available for on-site assessments across New Zealand, click here to request a site visit.

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  • Reuben - Hazero

    In response to the question on storage of flammable substances:

    The calculation of separation distances for external flammable storage from public places and protected places can be found in Schedule 12 of the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017.   We recommend you consider getting further guidance and clarification particular to your situation from an entity specializing in the compliance requirements for hazardous substances.  

  • Willem Steenekamp

    Good day,
    Can you please advise if there is a specified distance which must be kept clear around an outdoor flammable substance storage area e.g., 2 meters? If so, where can I find the information on this?
    Your assistance will be much appreciated.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards,
    Willem Steenekamp

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