PUBLIC HEALTH

Physical Environments

Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO)

The role of the Public Health Unit is to provide advice and enforce regulations pertaining to Hazardous Substances where there is an increased public health risk to the wider population.

The principle areas of work for the Public Health Unit are:

  • Issuing Permissions for the use of 1080, cyanide compounds, phosphorus and 3-chloro-p-toluidine hydrochloride on land where there is a risk to public health or water is draw for human consumption is drawn.  The Public Health Unit should be contacted if these toxins are laid in these circumstances.
  • Arranging asbestos sampling in some circumstances where it is present in the home in a friable condition and poses a health risk to the occupants.
  • Providing lead paint testing in the home or places where there is health risk to public.
  • Undertaking inspection and monitoring of retail outlets and recall of products containing hazardous substances that are considered a risk to public health.
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s) the issuing of extensions for the storage of PCB’s this expires 2016 and any PCB’s should have been removed for disposal.
  • Responding to incidents, enquires and complaints where there is an impact on or concerns over the use of hazardous substances and the effect on the public’s health.
  • Working collaboratively with other agencies such as WorkSafe, Northland Regional Council, Department of Conservation and Fire Service on incidents involving hazardous substances.

For more information about hazardous substances and the HSNO Act see the following websites:


Contact the On-call Health Protection Officer if you have any concern or enquiries about hazardous substances on (09) 4304 100.



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