Hazardous substances are substances that can harm people, the environment or property. They could be highly flammable, explosive, toxic or poisonous.
Hazardous facilities (including stationary vehicles) are sites or premises where hazardous substances are stored, used or disposed of.
Hazardous substances law
Several Acts of Parliament regulate the storage, use, transport and disposal of hazardous substances:
- The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA)
- The Land Transport Act 1998 and associated rule: Dangerous Good 1999 and NZ standard 5433: 1999 - Transport of Dangerous Goods on Land
- The Local Government Act 2002