Hazardous Materials, Waste Management and Sustainable Development

Event Details

    Substances, materials or goods that have the potential to harm humans or the environment have been variously called Hazardous Substances, Hazardous Materials, Hazsubs, Hazmat, Hazardous Wastes, Dangerous Goods, Harmful Substances, Noxious Substances, Environmentally Hazardous.

    A plethora of New Zealand legislation impacts on these substances to a lesser or greater extent. Some legislation impacts on the whole lifecycle while some may only affect a small portion of the lifecycle, such as transport or disposal. Even when HSNO is applicable, there is however, less obvious legislation that prevents false claims or limits the trade in certain substances or limits substances to certain uses etc.

    Systems such as ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 require compliance with applicable legislation. Risk management and risk reduction requires evaluation of all risks, including non compliance. Also Good Business Practice may require going beyond regulatory compliance.

    Despite the drive to eliminate hazards and reduce risks, some manufacturing processes such as milling and machining produce wastes that are hazardous due to the changed physical state e.g. dust and metal turnings. Useful products such as rechargeable batteries and disposable nappies at the end of their lifecycle can become problem wastes.

    Hazardous Materials, Waste Management and Sustainable Development will give you an insight into the multi-facetted aspects of “Hazardous Materials” management. The course willl discuss New Zealand requirements in the context of global initiatives whilst highlighting advantages and disadvantages afforded to NZ businesses.

    Key Learning Outcomes

    • Gain an appreciation of what’s happening in the hazardous materials and waste management scene on a global scale
    • Learn and understand regulatory requirements & issues in NZ
    • Identify changes in H &S legislation in Australia, North America and Europe and explore how this may affect your business
    • Understand the concept of sustainable development and how it applies to the development of global and local initiatives
    • Managing and reducing risks to business
    • Learn about the requirements in packaging/containers and transportation
    • Be able to develop and review emergency response plans


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