Hazardous Substances & Explosive Areas

About 1 in 3 New Zealand businesses manufacture, use, handle or store hazardous substances. These substances are a major contributor to the estimated 600-900 deaths and 30,000 cases of serious ill health from work-related disease each year. To ensure your workplace isn’t contributing to these overwhelming statistics, an in-depth risk assessment is crucial.

New Zealand has strict and complex governance around hazardous substances and explosive areas. TEG Risk’s best practice advice comes from years of experience and in-depth understanding of the regulations and risks involved.

Experts in the field

TEG Risk Director Hamish Baker spent many years working in the UK as the Environment, Safety and Health Manager for an international chemical and food additives company.

Combined with his process engineering training background he is ideally placed to understand your operations and how they might be affected by hazardous substances or explosive atmospheres.

Hamish has completed formal Hazardous Area Classification training in the UK through BASEEFA and has also obtained Unit Standard Certification to the Australian standards concerning hazardous area classification:

  • AS/NZS 60079.10.1-2009 Explosive atmospheres – Classification of areas – Explosive gas atmospheres
  • AS/NZS 60079.10.2-2016 Explosive atmospheres – Classification of areas – Combustible dust atmospheres

Find out more about Hamish’s expertise here.

TEG Risk Will:

  • Extensively review your operations and any hazardous / combustible substances used. We then provide a breakdown of exactly what needs to be done to mitigate the risk these substances can present if used incorrectly.

    We take into account:

    • Type of substance
    • What it is used for
    • How it is handled
    • Who is using it (and how they are trained)
    • Inventory
    • Storage
    • Signage
    • Hazardous area classifications
    • Secondary containment
  • Work with you to identify operational improvements to not only make you compliant, but to reduce the personnel and property risks associated with these substances
  • Classify hazardous areas with optimum accuracy, and explain the best solutions to mitigate risk in these areas
  • Identify risks associated with combustible dust, and detail solutions and pathways to manage risk in relation to the issues presented.