Hazardous Substances

Public Health South is involved in the prevention of injuries from exposures to hazardous substances. Designated Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act Enforcement Officers enforce the Act in respect of hazardous substances in public places by:

  • Processing and auditing of vertebrate toxic agent (VTA) applications including 1080  
  • Inspecting of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) holding facilities
  • Responding to Spray Drift Incidents
  • Responding to chemical incidents
  • Providing domestic asbestos and lead paint testing
  • Ensuring management contaminated sites
  • Providing advice on hazardous substances


Fact Sheets / Information:

Asbestos Management (Site Safe NZ)

Asbestos Advice (Ministry of Health)

All About Asbestos (PDF Fact Sheet)

Lead Based Paint & Lead Poisoning (Ministry of Health)

Lead and Lead Poisoning (PDF Fact Sheet)

Useful Links

Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)
Responsible Care New Zealand