The Burden of Compliance

The time and cost burden on businesses that use Hazardous Substances and Dangerous Goods is significant.  The number of regulations relating to Hazardous Chemicals, the complexity of them, and the potential financial and legal penalties. It can drive a business to despair.

On the 4th April 2016, the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect, changing the requirements and responsibilities of persons conducting a business or undertaking.  Complementing the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (HSNO), the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 introduced additional compliance requirements in New Zealand.

Under Chapter 3 of the HSWA 2015 Regulations,‘PCBUs‘ have a duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the workplace is without risks to the health and safety of any person.

These Acts impose duties on PCBUs regarding labelling, safety data sheets and manifests, safe handling and storage of hazardous chemicals and control of risk.

ChemAlert is more than just a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) repository.  Once you have your Stock Management module setup, ChemAlert can assist PCBUs  in meeting requirements for; Dangerous Goods, GHS, Biological Exposure and Health Monitoring, Tracking Chemicals, Auditing and Inspections, Placarding, Segregation, hardcopy SDS registers and much more.

ChemAlert can not only untangle the complex web of regulation, but assist you in reducing the total cost of ownership of Hazardous Substances.

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Safety Data Sheets

About Safety Data Sheets

Providing access to manufacturer Safety Data Sheets or SDSs forms a core part of the responsibility of any ‘person conducting a business or undertaking’. With over 200 000 products and our team of in-house scientists reviewing and adding more daily, ChemAlert can provide instantaneous access to original manufacturer Safety Data Sheets and provides easy reporting tools to help you ensure the documents you rely on are with the recommended 5-year currency period.

All SDSs are independently reviewed and validated by our team of scientists. Where a Safety Data Sheet is inaccurate we will liaise with manufacturers to improve the quality of the document they provide. Your safety is our concern so in situations where issues cannot be resolved, the scientist will provide Product Alerts to make you aware of any special considerations workers should apply when storing or handling the product.

Making Sense of Safety Data Sheets

We author SDSs for hundreds of chemical manufacturers and suppliers.

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The HSWA (2015) took effect on 4 April 2016. Are you are aware?

ChemAlert is. If you have any questions call us today, or ask a question below.


New Zealand requires classification and labelling of Hazardous Substances according to the ‘Hazardous Substances and New Organisms’ 1996 Act.  The Environmental Protection Agency NZ has released an information sheet showing the correlation between HSNO classifications and GHS classifications.

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Not only is the reduction of potential cancer causing agents around your organisation good practice, the WHS legislation introduces a list of Prohibited and Restricted Carcinogens and Restricted Hazardous Chemicals.

With over 40 Hazardous Chemicals in this list and a million different ways the ingredients may be presented on a safety data sheet, the task of checking for these would be time consuming however ChemAlert can do this for you with the generation of one report.

Your system doesn’t stop there! ChemAlert also has the ability to filter your stock register to inform you of any products classified as Carcinogens, Mutagens and Reproductive Toxins.

Carcinogens fall under the category of Health Hazard
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Self-Audits are paramount in not only ensuring you are aware of what products you have on site but ensuring your ChemAlert can provide you with accurate information. Stock Holding inspection reports makes maintaining your ChemAlert system easy.

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Site Management

Chemical Safety is about more than just printing off a safety data sheet and sticking it in a folder. A duty to identify reasonable foreseeable hazards and eliminate risks as far as is reasonably practicable requires ‘PCBUs’ to be aware of potential risks within the workplace. ChemAlert can assist with reducing risk and preventing potential hazards.

Prevention is key and ChemAlert can help! If you want to restrict the amount of cancer causing agents stored on site, or remind workers that flammable liquids should be stored only in flammables liquids cupboards, Site Rules can be used to restrict or prohibit, carcinogens, flammables and much more.

Even minor quantities of incompatible substances stored together can have violent interactions and above certain quantities segregation becomes a compliance requirement. ChemAlert can alert you to these potentially hazardous interactions and highlight storage areas where segregation is mandatory.

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Placarding & Labelling

Inadequately or unlabelled containers create risk and could even potentially be fatal. A PCBU must ensure that all hazardous chemicals are correctly labelled. Whether you manufacturer products on site, decant into other containers or everyday use causes a label to become damaged or fall off ChemAlert can ensure all products are adequately labelled.

If you are unsure of your Placarding requirements, ChemAlert can do the maths for you. Our placarding tool can highlight where placarding and manifesting is essential and can even show you which placards to display.

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Health Monitoring

All Hazardous Substances threaten the health of your workers. The Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) takes this one step further and lays out a duty to monitor the health of employees who are at significant risk of exposure to particular Hazardous Substances.

ChemAlert can analyse individual ingredients in products and report back on which of those contain these Hazardous Substances and inform you of the types of Health Monitoring that should be undertaken.

The ChemAlert Risk Assessment module is the perfect tool for helping you assess the risk posed to workers within your organisation.

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Assessing Risk

Each and every chemical that is brought onsite poses a risk to your employees, your business, and potentially the public. This risk must be evaluated as part of your PCBU responsibility. Performing Risk Assessments can be an overwhelming task but ChemAlert can simplify this process. Firstly ChemAlert allows you to screen your products and determine which should be assessed as a priority. Demonstrate your organisation’s commitment to safety with the step by step module which guides users through the risk assessment process leaving the PCBU with easily accessible and readily printable Risk Assessment reports.

An imperative part of assessing and reducing risk is being aware of what Hazardous Substances can be found within your organisation. ChemAlert can support your chemical control processes with the use of the Chemical Request Module, which guides users through a step by step process of request, assessment and authorisation, ensuring the potential risks of a new product are analysed before it is too late.

ChemAlert Risk Assessment Module
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Dangerous Goods

Whilst HSAW and HSNO regulations cover both Hazardous Substances and Dangerous Goods under a single framework, the international Dangerous Goods code remains an important obligation for all organisations involved in the transport of chemicals. ChemAlert can analyse your stock register and provide a list of all Dangerous Goods held on site.

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Sound Complicated?

ChemAlert can make it much easier. To find out more, request a demo or ask a question below.