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Person in charge

All businesses need to identify a person in charge to manage the hazardous substances stored and used at the workplace.  The person in charge is responsible for ensuring that the hazardous substances under their control are correctly managed and do not adversely affect the environment or the health and safety of people. 

Who is the person in charge?

The person in charge could be the owner, lessee, sub-lessee or occupier of the place.  In effect, it is the person who is in control of the relevant part of the site.

Duties of the person in charge

The specific duties of the person in charge are set down throughout the hazardous substances regulations.  For example, the person in charge must:

  • identify all hazardous substances present and maintain a hazardous substances inventory
  • make certain that people handling the substances are trained or supervised
  • ensure information is readily available to the people handling the substance in the form of labels, safety data sheets and signs
  • ensure that emergency arrangements are in place to deal with any potential emergency
  • obtain and keep up to date all necessary test certificates.

For further information see: http://www.epa.govt.nz/Publications/ER-QG-28.pdf

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