Hazardous Substances (Emergency Management) Regulations 2001

Reprint as at 1 July 2011

Hazardous Substances (Emergency Management) Regulations 2001

(SR 2001/123)

Silvia Cartwright, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 28th day of May 2001

Her Excellency the Governor-General in Council


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry for the Environment.

Pursuant to section 76(1)(d) of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996, Her Excellency the Governor-General, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council (given on the recommendation of the Minister for the Environment made in compliance with section 141(1) of that Act), makes the following regulations.


1 Title

2 Commencement

Part 1

3 Interpretation

4 Exclusion for substances used for motive power or control of vehicle, aircraft, or ship

4A Exclusion for fuel gases

5 General description of emergency management system

Part 2
Level 1 emergency management (information)


6 Information duties under Part 2 of suppliers

7 Information duties under Part 2 of persons in charge of places


8 Content

9 Availability

10 Comprehensibility, clarity, and durability

11 Alternative information for substances being transported

Part 3
Level 2 emergency management (further documentation, and fire extinguishers)


12 Documentation duties under Part 3 of suppliers

13 Certain suppliers to give further documentation if asked

14 Documentation duties under Part 3 of persons in charge of places of work

15 Alternative documentation for substances being transported

Further documentation

16 General content requirements for documentation

17 Specific documentation requirements for flammable and oxidising substances and organic peroxides

18 Location and presentation of documentation

19 Comprehensibility, clarity, and durability [Revoked]

20 Requirements additional to Level 1

Fire extinguishers

21 Fire extinguishers required

22 Location of fire extinguishers

23 Capability of fire extinguishers

24 Information about fires still needed

Part 4
Level 3 emergency management (response plans, secondary containment, and signage)


25 Duties of persons in charge of places under this Part

26 Requirements additional to Levels 1 and 2

Emergency response plans

27 When emergency response plans required

28 Plans to warn of likely emergencies

29 Contents of plans

30 Extra information required in some cases

31 Availability of equipment, materials, and people

32 Availability of plans

33 Testing plans

34 Plan can be part of other management documentation

Secondary containment

35 Terms used in regulations 36 to 41

36 Secondary containment systems for pooling substances

37 Surface containers of up to 60 litres

38 Surface containers of over 60 and up to 450 litres

39 Surface containers of over 450 litres

40 Below ground containers

41 Particular controls on secondary containment systems


42 Signage requirements

Schedule 1
Quantities requiring Level 1 information

Schedule 2
Quantities requiring Level 2 documentation

Schedule 3
Quantities requiring fire extinguishers

Schedule 4
Threshold quantities for Level 3

Schedule 5
Quantities requiring signage

Gazette information

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