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Do you store chemicals on your farm?

  • December 9, 2019

Here’s what you need to know.

Farmers use a wide range of chemicals and fuels in their daily work to increase productivity and grow New Zealand’s high quality produce.

If you’re working with chemicals or fuels you’ll know that many of these substances can be dangerous and must be handled, used and stored with care.

From December 1 new rules came into effect for the storage of toxic and corrosive chemicals that will be important for farmers to manage.

The new rules will require farms to establish a hazardous substance location and hold a location compliance certificate where they store certain chemicals above certain quantities.

To check whether a hazardous substance location exists for the substances at your site you should search the database of approved hazardous substances with controls and find out whether a location compliance certificate is required. You can find this database on our website at the link below.

Farms must comply with certification requirements, many of which have been in place since 2017. These include requirements for signage, an inventory of the substances, segregation, personal protective equipment and training.
If you need more information check out hazardous substances section of our website.

For more info on location compliance certificates, head to https://worksafe.govt.nz/topic-and-industry/hazardous-substances/certification-authorisation-approvals-and-licensing/certification-of-sites/location-test-certificates/

References:
WorkSafe.(2019) Do you store chemicals on your farm?. Retrieved from
(https://worksafe.govt.nz/topic-and-industry/hazardous-substances/certification-authorisation-approvals-and-licensing/certification-of-sites/location-test-certificates/

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