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Amended as at 1 July 2010

Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996

Compressed Gas Mixtures (Toxic [6.1], Flammable, Corrosive) Group Standard 2006

Pursuant to section 96B of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (the Act), the Environmental Risk Management Authority, on its own initiative, issues this Group Standard.

Contents

1 Title ... 1

2 Commencement ... 1

3 Interpretation ... 1

4 Scope of Group Standard ... 2

5 Conditions of Group Standard... 3

SCHEDULE 1CONDITIONS OF GROUP STANDARD ... 4

Part 1 Information Requirements ... 4

Part 2 Site and Storage ... 11

Part 3 Approved Handler and Tracking... 11

Part 4 Packaging ... 13

Part 5 Equipment ... 13

Part 6 Transportation ... 14

Part 7 Disposal ... 14

Part 8 Exposure Limits ... 16

Part 9 Notification to the Authority ... 16

Part 10 Other Matters ... 17

SCHEDULE 2TRANSITIONAL CONDITIONS ... 18

SCHEDULE 3INTERPRETATION ... 22

EXPLANATORY NOTE ... 25

1 Title

Compressed Gas Mixtures (Toxic [6.1], Flammable, Corrosive) Group Standard 2006 HSNO Approval Number

The HSNO Approval Number for this Group Standard is HSR002539.

2 Commencement

This Group Standard comes into force on 1 July 2006 and applies to substances under section 96B(2)(a), (b) and (c) of the Act.

3 Interpretation

(1) In this Group Standard, unless the context otherwise requires, words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in Schedule 3.

(2) In this Group Standard, references to a hazardous property of a substance being equivalent to a specified HSNO hazard classification, means a reference to the specified hazard classification as set out in the Hazardous Substances (Classification) Regulations 2001.

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4 Scope of Group Standard

Substances covered by Group Standard

(1) This Group Standard applies to imported or manufactured compressed gas mixtures.

(2) A substance covered by this Group Standard must only be sold or supplied for use in a place of work where members of the public do not have access to the substance.

(3) A substance referred to in subclause (1) must be a gas mixture that is—

(a) an acute toxicant (HSNO 6.1B or 6.1C classification); and (b) flammable, which at 20ºC and 101.3 kPa absolute—

(i) is ignitable when in a mixture of 13% or less by volume in air (HSNO 2.1.1A classification); or

(ii) has a flammability range with air of at least 12%, regardless of the lower flammability limit (HSNO 2.1.1A classification); or

(iii) is capable of ignition when mixed with air in a proportion within any flammable range (HSNO 2.1.1B classification); and

(c) a skin corrosive (HSNO 8.2B or 8.2C classification).

(4) In addition to the hazards referred to in subclause (3), a substance may have any of the following (but only the following) hazards:

(a) metallic corrosivity, HSNO 8.1A classification;

(b) eye corrosivity, HSNO 8.3A classification;

(c) eye irritancy, HSNO 6.4A classification;

(d) respiratory sensitisation, HSNO 6.5A classification;

(e) contact sensitisation, HSNO 6.5B classification;

(f) mutagenicity, HSNO 6.6A or 6.6B classification;

(g) carcinogenicity HSNO 6.7A or 6.7B classification;

(h) reproductive toxicity, HSNO 6.8A, 6.8B or 6.8C classification;

(i) target organ toxicity, HSNO 6.9A or 6.9B classification;

(j) ecotoxicity, HSNO class 9.

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Substances excluded from Group Standard

(5) This Group Standard excludes any substance that is intended for biocidal action.

(6) No substance shall be permitted under this Group Standard if it contains a chemical that is a CMR that is not listed on the Inventory of Chemicals, unless—

(a) the new CMR is used to completely replace an existing CMR in the substance;

and

(b) the new CMR has a lower hazard classification than the existing CMR; and (c) clause 19 of Schedule 1 is complied with.

(7) Despite clause 19 of Schedule 1, no substance shall be permitted under this Group Standard if it is a hazardous chemical that is not listed on the Inventory of Chemicals.

(8) For the purposes of subclause (7), ―chemical‖ means any element or compound in its natural state or obtained by any production process, including any impurities and any additive necessary to preserve the stability of the chemical, but excluding any solvent which may be separated without affecting the stability of the chemical or change its composition.

5 Conditions of Group Standard

The obligations and restrictions set out in Schedules 1 and 2 to the Group Standard apply to the substances by way of conditions.

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Schedule 1

Conditions of Group Standard

Part 1

Information Requirements

1 General information

(1) Any information provided or required to be made available or supplied under this Part (Information Requirements) must be readily understandable and if provided in words (whether written or oral) be in the English language. Where written information is provided, it must also be legible and durable.

(2) Any information provided must not include any statement, expression, device, trade name or description that—

(a) contradicts or modifies any expression required by this Group Standard to be on the label; or

(b) is false or misleading in relation to the safety of the substance or any of its ingredients; or

(c) misrepresents the composition of the substance; or

(d) misrepresents any property of the substance, including information that suggests the substance belongs to a class or subclass that it does not in fact belong to.

2 Labelling Duties of suppliers

(1) A person must not sell or supply a substance to another person unless the substance is labelled in accordance with the following requirements.

Hazard information required on each label

(2) A label must provide the following general information about a substance:

(a) the product name; and

(b) enough information to enable the New Zealand importer, supplier or manufacturer to be contacted, either in person or by telephone; and (c) a 24 hour emergency telephone number.

(3) A label must provide the following hazard information about the substance:

(a) pictograms, signal word and hazard statements for toxic, flammable and corrosive compressed gases to appear on the main label—

(i) the pictogram for toxic gases; and

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(ii) the pictogram for flammable gases; and (iii) the pictograms for corrosivity; and (iv) the signal word ‘danger’; and

(v) the applicable toxicity hazard statement, either:

(I) ‗fatal if inhaled‘ in the case of a HSNO 6.1B classification; or (II) ‗toxic if inhaled‘ in the case of a HSNO 6.1C classification; and (vi) the applicable flammability hazard statement, either:

(I) ‗extremely flammable gas‘ in the case of a HSNO 2.1.1A classification; or

(II) ‗flammable gas‘ in the case of a HSNO 2.1.1B classification; and (vii) the corrosivity hazard statement, ‗causes severe skin burns and eye

damage‘; and

(b) where a substance has any of the hazards permitted under clause 4(4) of this Group Standard (Scope of Group Standard), the corresponding pictograms and hazard statements as listed in Tables 1 and 2 of the document Labelling of Hazardous Substances: Hazard and Precautionary Information published by the Authority, July 2006 must appear on the label, subject to the principles of precedence as set out in the above-named document; and

(c) for all hazards, the label must provide the applicable precautionary (prevention, storage and response) statements as listed in Tables 3 to 5 of the document Labelling of Hazardous Substances: Hazard and Precautionary Information published by the Authority, July 2006.

(4) A single indication may be used if it is capable of conveying two or more of the items of hazard information required by subclause (3).

Disposal information required on each label

(5) A label must provide a description of one or more appropriate and achievable methods for the disposal of a substance in accordance with clause 16 of this Schedule, which may also include any method of disposal that must be avoided.

Identification of components on label

(6) Subject to subclause (7), a label must provide the common or chemical name and concentration of every ingredient that would, independently of any other ingredient, give the substance a HSNO 6.1B, 6.1C, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 8.2 or 8.3 classification.

(7) In the case of a HSNO 6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 6.8 or 6.9 classification, the identification of any component on the label is only required if the concentration of that component is at or above the concentration specified in Table 1.

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Table 1. Concentration values triggering identification of components on label

HSNO Classification Cut-off, % 6.5A, 6.5B, 6.6A, 6.7A 0.1

6.6B, 6.7B 1

6.8A, 6.8C 0.3

6.8B 3

6.9A, 6.9B 10

(8) For the purposes of complying with subclause (6)—

(a) a generic name may be used to identify a group of ingredients in accordance with the provisions of regulation 26 of the Hazardous Substances (Identification) Regulations 2001; and

(b) the concentration of an ingredient in a substance may be stated as a range in accordance with the provisions of regulation 27 of the Hazardous Substances (Identification) Regulations 2001.

Multiple packages

(9) Where a substance is labelled in compliance with subclauses (1) to (8), but some or all of the required information is obscured by outer packaging, the outer packaging of the substance must bear the labelling or marking required by—

(a) subclauses (3)(a) and (b); or (b) the Land Transport Rule; or (c) the Civil Aviation Rule; or (d) the Maritime Rule.

Exemption from labelling requirements for ecotoxic substances

(10) The requirement to label for HSNO class 9 hazards as set out in subclauses (3)(b) and (c) does not apply.

Exemption from specific labelling requirements for small containers

(11) When a substance is contained in a container with a water capacity of 5 L or less, the label for that container does not need to provide any pictogram required by subclause (3)(b).

Exemption from specific labelling requirements for imported and exported packages (12) Where a substance has been imported into New Zealand in a closed package or in a

freight container (and for any reasonable period after it arrives that is necessary to arrange compliance with the requirements of subclauses (1) to (8)) and where that substance is being carried from the place of importation to the destination stated in its importation documentation without having been removed from that package or container, subclauses (1) to (8) are complied with if the package or container complies with the requirements of—

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(a) subclauses (3)(a) and (b); or (b) the Land Transport Rule; or (c) the Civil Aviation Rule; or (d) the Maritime Rule.

(13) Where a substance is exported from New Zealand, subclauses (1) to (8) are complied with if the substance is labelled or marked as required by—

(a) subclauses (3)(a) and (b); or (b) the Land Transport Rule; or (c) the Civil Aviation Rule; or (d) the Maritime Rule.

Alternative compliance measures for labelling

(14) The requirements of subclauses (1) to (13) do not need to be met if a substance complies with—

(a) the relevant identification provisions in the Hazardous Substances (Identification) Regulations 2001, the Hazardous Substances (Emergency Management) Regulations 2001 and the Hazardous Substances (Disposal) Regulations 2001; or

(b) a code of practice approved by the Authority under section 78 of the Act that specifies requirements equivalent to those set out in subclauses (1) to (13); or (c) the UN Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of

Chemicals (GHS) and the requirements of subclause (2); or

(d) the relevant current labelling requirements of Australia, USA, Canada, the European Union or any other country as approved by the Authority, as if the substances were for sale or supply in those countries, and the requirements of subclause (2).

(15) [Omitted]

History Explanatory Note

Clause 2(15) was omitted as at 1 July 2010 via the Labelling Requirements in Group Standards (Amendment) Notice 2010 – New Zealand Gazette 3 June 2010. The omitted words are as follows:

―Subclause (14)(d) expires with the close of 31 December 2010.‖

3 Safety data sheets

(1) A person, when selling or supplying a substance at any quantity shall provide a safety data sheet for the substance supplied to the recipient if they have not previously supplied a safety data sheet for that substance to the recipient.

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(2) In each place of work where the substance is manufactured, stored or used, the person in charge of the place must ensure that every person handling the substance has access to a safety data sheet for that substance.

(3) The safety data sheet must be available to a person handling the substance within 10 minutes, and be readily understandable by any fully trained worker required to have access to it.

(4) A person who manufactures or supplies a substance in New Zealand or imports a substance into New Zealand must, if asked to do so by any person in charge of a place of work where a substance is stored or used, give that person the required safety data sheet.

(5) Information required on a safety data sheet must be provided under the following general headings in the order listed below, and must include the information referred to under those headings:

(a) Identification of the substance and supplier—

(i) product name; and (ii) recommended uses; and

(iii) name of the supplier, New Zealand contact details including an emergency contact;

(b) Hazards identification—

(i) a description of the hazards of the substance, which may include its HSNO hazard classification; and

(ii) hazard information, including signal words, hazard statement(s) and precautionary statement(s);

(c) Composition/information on ingredients—

(i) in the case of single component substances, their chemical identity, including common names and synonyms, CAS number and any impurities that are themselves hazardous; or

(ii) in the case of substances that are mixtures, the chemical identity of each hazardous ingredient, their CAS number and their concentration ranges;

(d) First aid measures—

(i) first aid instructions according to each relevant route of exposure; and (ii) whether medical attention is required, and its urgency; and

(iii) information on the most important symptoms and effects, acute and delayed, from exposure;

(e) Fire fighting measures—

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(i) information on the appropriate type of extinguishers or fire-fighting agents, including extinguishers that may not be appropriate for a particular situation; and

(ii) any advice on hazards that may arise from combustion products; and (iii) precautions for fire fighters and protective clothing requirements;

(f) Accidental release measures—

(i) advice on protective clothing requirements and emergency procedures;

and

(ii) any environmental precautions from accidental spills and release; and (iii) advice on how to contain and clean up a spill or release;

(g) Handling and storage—

(i) precautions for safe handling; and

(ii) conditions for safe storage, including any incompatibilities;

(h) Exposure controls/personal protection—

(i) exposure limits set for the substance or any of its components, or in their absence, relevant overseas exposure limits; and

(ii) engineering controls; and

(iii) individual protection measures, including personal protective equipment;

(i) Physical and chemical properties—

(i) a description of relevant physical and chemical properties for the

substance, including units of measurement and reference conditions where appropriate; and

(ii) where necessary for interpretation of data reported, the method of determination;

(j) Stability and reactivity—

(i) an indication of the chemical stability of the substance under normal and anticipated storage and handling conditions; and

(ii) a list of conditions to avoid to prevent a hazardous situation; and (iii) information on incompatible substances or materials;

(k) Toxicological information—

(i) a full description of the toxicological (health) effects, including the symptoms or signs of injury or ill health associated with each likely route of exposure; and

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(ii) the dose, concentration or conditions of exposure likely to cause injury or ill health; and

(iii) a summary of the data used to identify the health effects;

(l) Ecological information—

(i) ecotoxicity; and

(ii) persistence and degradability; and (iii) mobility;

(m) Disposal considerations—

(i) disposal methods, including disposal of packaging; and (ii) special precautions to be taken during disposal; and (iii) any method of disposal that should not be used;

(n) Transport information—

If relevant,

(i) the UN number; and

(ii) the proper shipping name; and

(iii) the UN Dangerous Goods class and subsidiary risk; and (iv) the UN Packing Group;

(o) Regulatory information

(i) HSNO approval number and/or title of the Group Standard; and (ii) information on the conditions of the Group Standard, and any other

regulatory requirements;

(p) Other information

(i) date of preparation or revision of the safety data sheet; and (ii) a key/legend to abbreviations and acronyms used.

(6) Where a substance is being transported, a safety data sheet is not required if—

(a) there is in the vehicle concerned documentation complying with the Land Transport Rule whilst being transported by land; or

(b) there is in the ship concerned documentation complying with the Maritime Rule whilst being transported by sea; or

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(c) there is in the aircraft concerned documentation complying with the Civil Aviation Rule whilst being transported by air.

4 Advertising

A substance covered by this Group Standard is not permitted to be advertised to members of the public.

Part 2 Site and Storage

5 Compliance with site and storage requirements

(1) Any location at which a substance is manufactured or stored in quantities that exceed those set out in Table 2 must comply with the relevant conditions for the substance as set out in the document entitled Site and Storage Conditions for Compressed Gases published by the Authority, July 2006.

Table 2. Trigger quantities beyond which site and storage conditions apply

Trigger Quantity Location and transit depot test

certification

2.1.1A and 2.1.1B

100 kg (non-permanent gas) 100 m3 (permanent gas) Hazardous atmosphere zone 2.1.1A and

2.1.1B

100 kg (non-permanent gas) 30 m3 (permanent gas) Fire extinguishers 2.1.1A

2.1.1B

50 kg (non-permanent gas) 30 m3 (permanent gas) 200 kg (non-permanent gas) 120 m3 (permanent gas) Response plans and

secondary containment

6.1B, 6.1C 5 kg (non-permanent gas) 2.5 m3 (permanent gas)

Signage 6.1B, 6.1C 5 kg (non-permanent gas)

2.5 m3 (permanent gas)

(2) The trigger quantities referred to in Table 2 must take into account any other hazardous substance that is present at that location.

Stationary container systems

(3) Any stationary container system that contains, or is intended to contain, a substance must comply, to the extent applicable, with the controls for stationary container systems as set out in Parts 1 to 19 of Schedule 8 of the Hazardous Substances (Dangerous Goods and Scheduled Toxic Substances) Transfer Notice 2004, notwithstanding clause 1(1) of that Schedule.

Part 3

Approved Handler and Tracking 6 Approved handler requirements

When present in any quantity, a substance must be—

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(a) under the personal control of an approved handler; or

(b) secured so that a person cannot gain access to the substance without tools, keys or any other device used for operating locks.

7 Exclusions to approved handler requirements

Despite clause 6 of this Schedule, a substance may be handled by a person who is not an approved handler if—

(a) an approved handler is present at the place where the substance is being handled;

and

(b) the approved handler has provided guidance to the person in respect of the handling; and

(c) the approved handler is available at all times to provide assistance, if necessary, to the person while the substance is being handled by the person.

8 Exception to approved handler requirement for transportation of packaged substances

(1) The approved handler requirement is deemed to be complied with if—

(a) in the case of a substance being transported on land—

(i) in the case of a substance being transported by rail, the person who drives the rail vehicle that is transporting the substance is fully trained in

accordance with an approved safety system under section 6D of the Transport Services Licensing Act 1989 or a safety system which is referred to in an approved safety case under the Railways Act 2005; and (ii) in every other case, the person who drives, loads, and unloads the vehicle

that is transporting the substance—

(I) for hire or reward, or in quantities which exceed those set out in Schedule 1 of the Land Transport Rule, has a current dangerous goods endorsement on his or her driver licence; or

(II) in every other case, the Land Transport Rule is complied with; or (b) in the case of a substance being transported by sea, one of the following is

complied with:

(i) Maritime Rule; or

(ii) International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code; or

(c) in the case of a substance being transported by air, the Civil Aviation Rule is complied with.

(2) Subclause (1)(a)—

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(a) does not apply to a tank wagon or a transportable container to which the

Hazardous Substances (Tank Wagons and Transportable Containers) Regulations 2004 applies; but

(b) despite paragraph (a), does apply to an intermediate bulk container that complies with Chapter 6.5 of the UN Model Regulations.

(3) Subclause (1)(c)—

(a) applies to pilots, aircrew, and airline ground personnel loading and handling substances within an aerodrome; but

(b) does not apply to the storage and handling of a substance in any place that is not within an aerodrome, or within an aerodrome by non-airline ground personnel.

9 Tracking requirement for HSNO 6.1B substances

The location and movement of a HSNO 6.1B substance must comply with the Hazardous Substances (Tracking) Regulations 2001.

Part 4 Packaging

10 Packaging requirements

The Hazardous Substances (Compressed Gases) Regulations 2004 prescribe a number of controls that relate to compressed gas containers. Substances covered by this Group Standard must comply with the relevant provisions of these regulations.

Part 5 Equipment

11 Personal protective equipment

(1) A person who handles a substance, in a place of work, must use protective clothing or protective equipment that is designed, constructed, and operated to ensure that the person—

(a) does not come into contact with the substance; and

(b) is not exposed to a concentration of the substance that is greater than the workplace exposure standard for the substance, or any component of the substance.

(2) Subclause (1) does not apply to a substance when it is contained in its closed container.

(3) The supervisor of a place of work must ensure that protective clothing or protective equipment is accompanied by documentation containing information specifying—

(a) the circumstances in which the clothing or equipment may be used; and (b) the requirements for maintaining the clothing or equipment.

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(4) In subclause (3)(a), ―circumstances‖ include, if relevant, the presence of other

substances, and the temperatures and pressures in or at which the clothing or equipment may be used.

12 Equipment used to handle a substance

(1) A person in charge of a substance must ensure equipment used to handle the substance—

(a) retains the substance, without leakage at all temperatures and pressures for which the equipment is intended to be used; and

(b) dispenses or applies the substance, without leakage, at a rate and in a manner that the equipment is designed for.

(2) The equipment must be accompanied by documentation containing information about the use and maintenance of the equipment to enable the equipment to be used and maintained in a manner that complies with subclause (1).

Part 6 Transportation

13 Tank wagons and transportable containers

Tank wagons and transportable containers of any capacity used to carry a substance must comply with the Hazardous Substances (Tank Wagons and Transportable Containers) Regulations 2004.

14 Fire extinguishers

Where a motor vehicle is transporting a substance in quantities greater than those listed in Table 3, there must be present, in or on the vehicle, the number of fire extinguishers listed in Table 3.

Table 3. Trigger quantities for provision of fire extinguishers in vehicles

Trigger Quantity No of Fire Extinguishers 2.1.1A 50 kg (non-permanent gas)

30 m3 (permanent gas)

1

2.1.1B 200 kg (non-permanent gas) 120 m3 (permanent gas)

2

15 Passenger service vehicle restrictions

A substance covered by this Group Standard is not permitted to be carried on a passenger service vehicle.

Part 7 Disposal 16 Disposal of substance

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(1) A substance must be disposed of by—

(a) exporting the substance from New Zealand as waste; or

(b) treating the substance so that it is no longer a hazardous substance; or (c) discharging the substance into the environment provided—

(i) the substance will not at any time come into contact with an explosive or oxidising substance (HSNO class 1 or 5); and

(ii) there is no ignition source in the vicinity of the disposal site that is capable of igniting the substance; and

(iii) were the substance to ignite, no person or place where a person may legally be, would be exposed to more blast overpressure or heat radiation than that described in regulation 6(3)(b) of the Hazardous Substances (Disposal) Regulations 2001; and

(iv) the concentration of the substance in any environmental medium does not, after reasonable mixing, exceed any relevant tolerable exposure limit and/or environmental exposure limit set for the substance or any of its component(s).

(2) Notwithstanding subclause (1)(c), if a substance contains a HSNO 9.1 component that is bioaccumulative and not rapidly degradable, the substance must be treated before discharge into the environment to reduce the percentage by volume of the substance in the discharge to 1% or less.

(3) In subclause 1(b), ―treating the substance‖ does not include depositing the substance in a landfill or sewage facility, but does include burning in an incineration facility, provided—

(a) the burning is managed to the performance requirements of regulation 6(3)(b) of the Hazardous Substances (Disposal) Regulations 2001 in relation to blast overpressure, heat radiation and access by persons; and

(b) the concentration of the substance in any discharge from the incinerator does not, after reasonable mixing, exceed any relevant tolerable exposure limit and/or environmental exposure limit set for the substance or any of its component(s).

17 Disposal of compressed gas containers

(1) The conditions of this clause apply to a compressed gas container that—

(a) contained a substance; and

(b) was in direct contact with the substance; and

(c) is no longer to be used to contain the substance and is intended for disposal.

(2) A compressed gas container must be disposed of by—

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(a) removing all traces of the substance from the container by a method that may include purging; and

(b) rendering the container unserviceable so that it can no longer be used to contain a substance by a method that may include—

(i) destroying the container neck thread; or

(ii) cutting the pressure retaining portion into pieces; or (iii) by crushing until the sides meet; and

(c) either recovering the container material at a recycling facility or disposing of the non-serviceable container to a waste treatment facility.

(3) No person shall sell or otherwise dispose of any container of capacity exceeding 1 L that has contained a substance unless that person has given notification in writing to the person given possession of the container that it has held a hazardous substance and is liable to contain flammable or explosive liquid or vapour or gas.

Part 8 Exposure Limits

18 Compliance with exposure limits

(1) Exposure limits are adopted for a substance or component(s) of a substance (as the case may be) to the extent (if at all) that they are set out on the register of exposure limits.

(2) In the case of WES values, where a WES value does not exist on the register of exposure limits but is listed in the document referred to in subclause (3), the value or values specified in that document shall apply to the substance or any component of the substance.

(3) The document referred to in subclause (2) is the document entitled Workplace Exposure Standards published by the Occupational Safety and Health Service, Department of Labour, January 2002, ISBN 0-477-03660-0.

Part 9

Notification to the Authority

19 Inventory of Chemicals

(1) Where a substance is imported into, or manufactured in, New Zealand after 30 June 2006, if that substance contains a hazardous chemical that is not listed on the Inventory of Chemicals, then the importer or manufacturer of the substance must at the time they first import or manufacture the substance, notify the Authority in writing of—

(a) the name of the substance; and

(b) the HSNO approval number and/or title of the Group Standard under which the substance has a deemed approval; and

(c) the name and CAS number of the chemical not listed on the Inventory of

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(d) the concentration of that chemical in the substance; and

(e) the hazardous properties of the chemical, including the provision of the relevant hazard data used to assign the substance to the Group Standard; and

(f) the proposed use of the substance.

(2) Subclause (1) applies subject to clauses 4(6) to (8) of this Group Standard (Scope of Group Standard).

Part 10 Other Matters

20 Compliance with Hazardous Substances (Compressed Gases) Regulations 2004

A substance covered by this Group Standard must comply with the relevant provisions of the Hazardous Substances (Compressed Gases) Regulations 2004.

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

The conditions of this Group Standard do not apply to a substance that is required for the motive power or control of a vehicle, aircraft or ship when that substance is contained within the fuel system, electrical system, or control system of the vehicle, aircraft or ship.

22 Exclusion for substances used as a refrigerant

The conditions of this Group Standard do not apply to a substance that is used as a refrigerant when that substance is contained within a refrigeration system.

23 Assigning a substance to a Group Standard

(1) The manufacturer or importer of a substance who determines, or is otherwise independently advised, that the substance complies with clause 4 of this Group

Standard (Scope of Group Standard) must keep a record of that determination or advice and have that record available for inspection.

(2) The record must contain sufficient information to allow for independent verification that the substance complies with clause 4 of this Group Standard (Scope of Group Standard).

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Schedule 2

Transitional Conditions

1 Purpose of Schedule

(1) The purpose of this Schedule is to provide for a transitional period to allow persons dealing with a substance to comply with the Act, and the conditions set out in Schedule 1, in relation to that substance.

(2) This Schedule achieves the purpose described in subclause (1) by—

(a) providing that, for a period of 6 months from 1 July 2006, a person may comply with the obligations and restrictions that applied to a substance immediately before that date, as if this Group Standard (other than this Schedule) had not been given; and

(b) providing for obligations and restrictions to continue to apply after the expiry of that 6 month period in order to progressively impose the requirements of the Act, and the conditions set out in Schedule 1, in relation to that substance.

2 Persons may comply with Act and conditions at any time

Except as specifically provided in this Schedule, this Schedule does not prevent a person from complying with the Act, and the conditions set out in Schedule 1, as if this Schedule did not exist.

3 Substances and locations to which Schedule does not apply

(1) Nothing in this Schedule applies to any of the following:

(a) a substance that was not lawfully used in New Zealand immediately before 1 July 2006:

(b) a hazardous substance location that was not in use immediately before 1 July 2006:

(c) a substance at a hazardous substance location if the substance was not permitted to be stored at the location immediately before 1 July 2006.

(2) Nothing in this Schedule applies in any way to substitute, override or remove any existing obligation or restriction imposed on a substance to which this Group Standard applies or any other substance approved under the Act (howsoever approved).

(3) Notwithstanding subclause (2), the requirements of this Schedule apply if those requirements are—

(a) for a substance of a different hazard class; or

(b) for a substance of the same class where the quantities held at any time up to and immediately before 1 July 2006 never exceeded the threshold quantities

specified in the document entitled Site and Storage Conditions for Compressed

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Gases published by the Authority, July 2006 (in this Schedule referred to as

―Site and Storage Conditions‖) for the relevant obligation or restriction.

4 Compliance with Parts 13 and 14 of the Act for transitional period (1) Parts 13 and 14 of the Act are deemed to be incorporated into this Group Standard

together with all regulations, notices and orders made under or referred to in those Parts and compliance with those provisions shall be satisfactory compliance with this Group Standard and the Act—

(a) generally, for the period until the close of 31 December 2006; and

(b) in relation to the obligations and restrictions specified in subclause (2), until the date stated in that subclause.

(2) The obligations and restrictions are—

(a) the information requirements set out in Part 1 of Schedule 1, until the close of 30 June 2008:

(b) the signage requirements set out in Part 7 of the Site and Storage Conditions, until the close of 30 June 2008:

(c) the requirements in respect of fire extinguishers set out in clause 14 of Schedule 1 and Part 6 of the Site and Storage Conditions, until the close of 30 June 2007:

(d) the requirements in respect of emergency management response plans set out in Part 6 of the Site and Storage Conditions, until the close of 30 June 2007.

5 Transitional provision for hazardous substance locations

(1) This clause applies to every licence granted or deemed to be granted by the Authority under section 217 of the Act, and every provisional licence granted under section 218 of the Act, that is in force immediately before the close of 30 June 2006.

(2) Every licence to which this clause applies continues in force for the purposes of this Schedule.

(3) On and from 1 January 2007 every licence to which this clause applies is deemed to be a test certificate issued under clause 20 of the Site and Storage Conditions.

(4) A test certificate referred to in subclause (3) expires with the close of 31 December 2007.

(5) While a test certificate referred to in subclause (3) is in force, clause 19(2) of the Site and Storage Conditions does not apply to the hazardous substance location to which the test certificate relates.

6 Full test certificate for hazardous substance location

The holder of a test certificate referred to in clause 5(3) must obtain a test certificate issued by a test certifier no later than the close of 31 December 2007.

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7 Existing stationary container systems

(1) In this clause, existing stationary container system means a stationary container system to which Schedule 8 of the Hazardous Substances (Dangerous Goods and Scheduled Toxic Substances) Transfer Notice 2004 applies that, immediately before 1 July 2006—

(a) was being used to contain a substance covered by this Group Standard; or (b) was designed to be used to contain such a substance and construction of the

stationary container system to that design had commenced.

(2) An existing stationary container system is not required to comply with the provisions of Schedule 8 of the Hazardous Substances (Dangerous Goods and Scheduled Toxic Substances) Transfer Notice 2004 (except as required under this clause) if—

(a) it is used—

(i) in the case of a stationary container system to which subclause (1)(a) applies, for the purpose for which it was used immediately before 1 July 2006; or

(ii) in the case of a stationary container system to which subclause (1)(b) applies, for the purpose for which it was designed; and

(b) the person in charge of it complies with clauses 101 to 103 of Part 20 of Schedule 8 of the Hazardous Substances (Dangerous Goods and Scheduled Toxic Substances) Transfer Notice 2004 (if required) provided that clauses 101 to 103 shall be read as if references therein to ―this notice‖ are references to this Group Standard.

(3) Despite subclause (2), Parts 18 and 19 of Schedule 8 of the Hazardous Substances (Dangerous Goods and Scheduled Toxic Substances) Transfer Notice 2004 apply to any repair, alteration, or maintenance performed on an existing stationary container system the subject of this clause.

8 Existing tank wagons

(1) In this clause—

(a) the regulations means the Hazardous Substances (Tank Wagons and Transportable Containers) Regulations 2004; and

(b) existing tank wagon means a tank wagon to which regulation 4(2) of the regulations applies that, immediately before 1 July 2006, was being used to transport a substance covered by this Group Standard.

(2) The person in charge of an existing tank wagon which does not meet the applicable requirements of regulations 4(3)(a) or (b) or 4(4) of the regulations must comply with clauses 18(2) to (7) of Schedule 11 of the Hazardous Substances (Dangerous Goods and Scheduled Toxic Substances) Transfer Notice 2004 provided that clause 18(2) shall be read as if references to ―this notice‖ are references to this Group Standard.

(3) The person in charge of a tank wagon to which regulation 4(2) applies but which does

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appropriate test certificate in accordance with regulations 36 and 37 (to the extent applicable) of the regulations no later than the close of 30 June 2007.

9 Testing of cylinders and fittings

(1) A person is not required to comply with regulations 51 – 54 of the Hazardous Substances (Compressed Gases) Regulations 2004 in relation to cylinders used for storing and transporting compressed gases and which comply and continue to comply with the requirements for the testing of cylinders that applied to them under regulation 15 of the Dangerous Goods (Class 2 – Gases) Regulations 1980.

(2) This clause expires with the close of 30 June 2007.

10 Persons able to charge compressed gas containers

(1) A person is not required to comply with regulations 59 and 60 of the Hazardous Substances (Compressed Gases) Regulations 2004 in relation to compressed gases if the person can establish as at 30 June 2006 that he or she has had the appropriate instruction in the hazards and procedures relating to those gases in accordance with regulation 132 of the Dangerous Goods (Class 2 – Gases) Regulations 1980.

(2) This clause expires with the close of 30 June 2007.

11 Approved handlers

(1) Where any condition specified in subclause (3) requires that something be done in relation to a substance by an approved handler, that condition is complied with if that thing is done by a person who establishes, that he or she, during the whole of a qualifying period referred to in subclause (2), has been handling the substance concerned or any other substance with similar hazardous properties in the relevant phase of its lifecycle under one or more of the enactments relevant to that handling referred to in regulation 6(1) of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (Personnel Qualifications) Regulations 2001.

(2) For the purposes of subclause (1) a qualifying period is any consecutive 2 year period commencing on or after 2 July 1999 and ending on or before the close of 1 July 2006.

(3) The conditions are—

(a) clause 6 of Schedule 1;

(b) clauses 7(2), 19(3), 20(b) and 21(1)(b) of the Site and Storage Conditions; and (c) regulation 6(a) of the Hazardous Substances (Tracking) Regulations 2001.

(4) This clause expires with the close of 31 December 2008.

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Schedule 3 Interpretation

approved handler means a person who holds a current test certificate certifying that they have met the requirements of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (Personnel Qualifications) Regulations 2001 as an approved handler in relation to one or more hazard classifications or hazardous substances

CAS number means Chemical Abstract Services Registry number

Civil Aviation Rule means the Civil Aviation Rule – Part 92 – Carriage of Dangerous Goods made under the Civil Aviation Act 1990

CMR means a substance that is a carcinogen, mutagen or reproductive toxicant when assessed against the criteria for carcinogenicity, mutagenicity and reproductive toxicity set out in the Hazardous Substances (Classification) Regulations 2001

compatible means that the substance—

(a) is chemically inert if brought into contact with any other substance for the range of temperatures and pressures at which the substances are brought into contact; or

(b) if it is chemically reactive when brought into contact with any other substance, it does not—

(i) cause combustion; or (ii) generate an explosion; or

(iii) generate a new hazardous substance of a different class, subclass or category

compressed gas has the same meaning as defined in regulation 3 of the Hazardous Substances (Compressed Gases) Regulations 2004

compressed gas container has the same meaning as defined in regulation 3 of the Hazardous Substances (Compressed Gases) Regulations 2004

condition means any obligation or restriction imposed upon a substance by a Group Standard

gas has the same meaning as defined in regulation 3 of the Hazardous Substances (Compressed Gases) Regulations 2004

gas mixture means any compressed gas mixture, that may include a refrigerant gas, that is intentionally prepared to contain two or more components, and includes both permanent and liquefiable gas mixtures

exposure limit means an environmental exposure limit (EEL), a tolerable exposure limit (TEL), or a workplace exposure standard (WES) as those terms are defined in section 77B(6) of the Acts

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Inventory of Chemicals means an inventory kept and maintained by the Authority of chemicals known to be present in New Zealand

Land Transport Rule means the Land Transport Rule 45001/1: Dangerous Goods 2005 made under the Land Transport Act 1998

large packaging means packaging consisting of an outer packaging that contains articles or inner packaging, and that—

(a) is designed for mechanical handling; and

(b) can contain a net mass of contents of more than 400 kg or has a capacity of more than 450 L; but

(c) has a volume of 3 m3 or less

liquefiable gas has the same meaning as defined in regulation 3 of the Hazardous Substances (Compressed Gases) Regulations 2004

main label means, where there are two or more labels on a container or a label is divided into two or more portions—

(a) that label or portion of the label on which the name of the product is most prominently shown and which is primarily designed to attract attention; or (b) where the name of the product is equally prominent on two or more labels or portions of a label, each of those labels or portions of the label on which the name of the product is equally prominent

Maritime Rules means the Maritime Rule: Part 24A – Carriage of Cargoes – Dangerous Goods made under the Maritime Transport Act 1994

package, packaging, inner packaging and outer packaging have the same meanings as in regulation 3 of the Hazardous Substances (Packaging) Regulations 2001

passenger service vehicle has the same meaning as in the Transport Services Licensing Act 1989

permanent gas has the same meaning as defined in regulation 3 of the Hazardous Substances (Compressed Gases) Regulations 2004

person in charge in relation to a place, a hazardous substance location, a transit depot, or a place of work, means a person who is—

(a) the owner, lessee, sublessee, occupier, or person in possession of the place, location, or depot, or any part of it; or

(b) any other person who, at the relevant time, is in effective control or possession of the relevant part of the place, location, or depot

pictogram means a graphical composition intended to convey specific information, in accordance with either—

(a) the relevant pictograms contained in Annex 1 of the first revised edition of The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of

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Chemicals (GHS), published in 2005 by the United Nations (as reproduced in Table 1 of Labelling of Hazardous Substances: Hazard and

Precautionary Information published by the Authority, July 2006); or (b) where a hazard class and/or category specified in (a) is covered as a

pictogram under the UN Model Regulations, the assigned corresponding pictogram as defined in paragraph 5.2.2 of the UN Model Regulations (as reproduced in Table 1 of Labelling of Hazardous Substances: Hazard and Precautionary Information published by the Authority, July 2006)

place of work has the same meaning as in section 2(1) and (3) of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992

register of exposure limits means the register of exposure limits for substances with toxic or ecotoxic properties kept and maintained by the Authority pursuant to section 20A of the Act

substance means any gas mixture that is within the scope of clause 4 of this Group Standard (Scope of Group Standard)

UN Manual of Tests and Criteria means the fourth revised edition of the

Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods Manual of Tests and Criteria, published in 2003 by the United Nations

UN Model Regulations means the 14th revised edition of the Recommendation on the Transport of Dangerous Goods Model Regulations, published in 2005 by the United Nations

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Explanatory note

This note is not part of the Group Standard, but is intended to provide guidance to users of the Group Standard.

(1) Clause 4 of this Group Standard (Scope of Group Standard) sets out the parameters that determine whether a substance is covered by this Group Standard. It is the

responsibility of the manufacturer or importer of a substance to determine whether the substance complies with these parameters. The means of complying may not

necessarily require product testing as this may be achieved in a variety of ways, for example, an analysis of the constituent components‘ hazards. For more information contact ERMA New Zealand.

(2) Codes of practice that have been approved by ERMA New Zealand are a means of complying with the conditions of this Group Standard. A list of approved codes is available from the ERMA New Zealand web site.

(3) This Group Standard may include a substance with one of the following UN numbers:

UN3305 Compressed Gas, Toxic, Flammable, Corrosive N.O.S.

UN3309 Liquefied Gas, Toxic, Flammable, Corrosive N.O.S.

Availability and publication of Group Standard and Reference Materials

(4) This Group Standard, and any materials incorporated into it by reference that are published by ERMA New Zealand may be—

(a) viewed on the ERMA New Zealand web site; or

(b) inspected free of charge during normal business hours at the ERMA New Zealand office; or

(c) purchased from ERMA New Zealand, Public Awareness Group, Email [email protected].

(5) Any regulations incorporated by reference into a Group Standard may be—

(a) inspected free of charge during normal business hours at the ERMA New Zealand office; or

(b) purchased from Bennetts at http://www.bennetts.co.nz/legislation.htm; or (c) viewed at http://www.legislation.govt.nz.

(6) Any materials incorporated by reference into a Group Standard that are published by the United Nations may be—

(a) inspected free of charge during normal business hours at the ERMA New Zealand office; or

(b) viewed on or ordered from the UN website,

http://www.unece.org/trans/danger/publi/order.htm; or

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(c) ordered from the New Zealand distributor: Legislation Direct, PO Box 12 418, Wellington, Ph 0064 4 495 2882, Fax 0064 4 495 2880, Email

[email protected], or http://www.legislationdirect.co.nz.

(7) Any materials incorporated by reference into a Group Standard that are published by Standards New Zealand or Standards Australia may be—

(a) inspected free of charge during normal business hours at the ERMA New Zealand office; or

(b) ordered from Standards New Zealand, Ph 0800 735 656, Fax 0064 4 498 5994, Email [email protected] or http://www.standards.co.nz/purchase-

standards/default.htm or, in the case of Australian standards, from SAI Global Limited, Ph 00612 8206 6010, Fax 00612 8206 6020 or Email sales@sai- global.com as appropriate.

(8) Any materials incorporated by reference into a Group Standard that are published by any other party or organisation may be inspected free of charge during normal business hours at the ERMA New Zealand office.

ERMA New Zealand Contact Details PO Box 131, Wellington

Ph: 0064 4 916 2426 Fax: 0064 4 914 0433 Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.ermanz.govt.nz

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