H&S Tech Tip: New Hazard Classification System

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If you are one of the thousands of Kiwi businesses that works with hazardous substances, keeping your people safe is about to get a whole lot simpler.

From April 30, the current hazard classification system HSNO will be replaced by GHS 7, the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. Created by the United Nations, GHS is an internationally agreed system that hopes to eventually supersede the diverse classification and labelling standards used in different countries.

Implemented by New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the new system will better align New Zealand with its global trading partners (including Australia), and even more importantly, improve workplace safety.

It’s a big change, but according to Pieter Van Vuuren, Health & Safety Training Professional at Safety ‘n Action, the new classification system will bring New Zealand businesses - and workers - a whole host of benefits.

To gain a detailed understanding of what the changes mean, click here to view our "Tech Talk" on the subject.


Your Training Options

Management and Handling of Hazardous Substances

This course will provide you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge of workplace hazardous substances; understand safe storage and handling and learn how to identify, select and apply legislated and other controls designed to minimise the exposure of workers to these risks, and ensure the proper reporting required under the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017.

Book our one day course to learn all you need to know about the management and handling of hazardous substances including the new hazardous substance classification system.

If you completed this training recently from 20th April 2021, great news! the new classification system was included.

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Refresher "New Release" Management and Handling of Hazardous Substances

For those that have completed "Management and Handling of Hazardous Substances" training with us in 2019/2020. Refresh your Management & Handling of hazardous Substances training and gain an understanding of the new classification system.

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Online Upskill

For those that have completed "Management and Handling of Hazardous Substances" training with us this year.

This upskill course (1 hour) will provide customers with an understanding of the Hazardous Substances Classification changes that came into effect 30 April.
Book this self-paced webinar now for $150. Must be booked by 30 June.
Bookings received after 30 June will need to book the refresher above.

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