Removal of the Code of Practice for School Exempt Laboratories

Hazardous Substances Regulations come into effect on 1 December. At this time, the Hazardous Substances Codes of Practice will no longer be applicable.

For school laboratories, the Ministry of Education is working with WorkSafe New Zealand to develop guidance and compliance documents to replace the Code of Practice for School Exempt Laboratories. Until they are released, the Ministry of Education and WorkSafe suggest schools continue to use this Code,  as well as the Ministry of Education’s guidance to the Code, (which outlines your responsibilities as a board) as their guidance documents for hazardous substance management.

The Ministry of Education is working with a number of organisations to ensure that schools and their Boards are supported in complying with the regulations.

 

Where can I find out more information?

New Zealand Association of Science Educators: https://nzase.org.nz/health-and-safety/

WorkSafe New Zealand: http://www.worksafe.govt.nz/worksafe/information-guidance/guidance-by-industry/hsno/hazardous-substances-regulations/laboratories

Ministry of Education:  http://www.education.govt.nz/assets/Documents/Ministry/Initiatives/Health-and-safety/Factsheets/Code-of-Practice-School-Exempt-Laboratories-25-11-2016.pdf

Please don’t hesitate to contact us (nzase@xtra.co.nz) if you have any queries around this.