In reality most hazardous substances have more than one hazardous property. For example, petrol is flammable, toxic and ecotoxic.
Substances can also be hazardous if they are radioactive or contain infectious material, but are not included in Environment Canterbury's rules as hazardous substances. Radioactive materials are managed by the National Radiation Laboratory (NRL) and infectious substances by Public Health.
Hazardous substances play an important role in modern farming – they are used to fuel vehicles, control pests and clean milking shed. But if they misused or incorrectly stored they can harm you, your family or stock. Some key things you can do are:
We have a number of rules relating to the use and storage of hazardous substance on farms - most are permitted activity rules, which means you don't need a resource consent as long as you meet the conditions in the rule. Whether you are a permitted activity or need a resource consent will depend on which chemicals you have and how much you have.
HSNO requirements are in addition to our rules. HSNO regulations cover a range of things such as what personal protective equipment someone needs to where, their training and how chemicals are stored. What you need to do for HSNO will depend on what chemicals you have and how much. For more information, contact ERMA’s hazardous substance compliance line on 0800 376 234.
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