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Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Approved Handlers


To equip trainees with the knowledge and skills to comply with the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (1996) and prepare them to be approved handlers.

Course Overview

The course has a practical component during which trainees learn how to safely store and handle hazardous substances in their place of work. This makes the course relevant for Handlers, Purchasers, Transporters and Receivers of Hazardous Substances and Storage, Management and Health and Safety Personnel.

The course covers:

  • Purpose and principles of the HSNO Act 1996.
  • Properties and effects of hazardous substances.
  • Classification of hazards based on hazardous properties.
  • Requirements for controlling hazardous substances.
  • Technical vocabulary and documentation requirements for hazardous substances.
  • Enforcement and compliance regime for hazardous substances.
  • Responsibilities relating to the safe storage and handling of hazardous substances.
  • Precautions relating to the storage, handling and disposal of hazardous substances.
  • Storage and handling of Class 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and/or 9 hazardous substances in the workplace.
  • Procedures to adopt in an emergency involving hazardous substances in the workplace.

Successful trainees are eligible to apply to be Approved Handlers under the HSNO Act.

Entry Criteria

An approved handler needs to be able to read and interpret SDS, labelling and signage, write permits, handling instruction and emergency management plans, and will be required to demonstrate a level of written and spoken English to do this: Equivalent to Level 1 English communication skills.

Special Notes

Course fee includes reporting costs to the NZQA and all application and certification costs for an Approved Handlers Test Certificate from the EPA.

1 day
MAX 12

Middle Content

NZQA Unit Standards

20645 Describe the requirements of the HSNO Act 1996 relevant to approved handlers
20733 Demonstrate knowledge of safe storage and handling of hazardous substances in the workplace

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