2018 Hazardous Substances Management Summit

Addressing compliance, use and best practice lifecycle management of hazardous substances


Registration and coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair
Barry Dyer, Chief Executive, Responsible Care New Zealand
Opening keynote: The importance of safely managing workplace chemicals

· The importance of creating a safety strategy and following through with robust systems when dealing with hazardous substances

· Ensuring staff are trained, well informed and have the tools to self- manage against hazards

· How a strong strategy promotes an internal safety culture and minimises risk to health and the environment

Barry Dyer, Chief Executive, Responsible Care New Zealand
Update on HSNO legislation including EPA Notices and EPA’s roles

· Reform of hazardous substances management under the HSNO Act resulting from the Working Safer Reforms

· Insights into the EPA’s Hazardous Substances Notices which came into force on 1st December 2017, and their implications for businesses

· Understanding the impacts of the changes regarding the roles of WorkSafe and the Environmental Protection Authority

· Key duties of persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) under the EPA Notices

· EPA Controls Database and other resources to aid compliance

Tania van Maanen, Senior Technical Policy Advisor, Environmental Protection Authority
WorkSafe Address
Simon Humphries, Deputy General Manager Investigations and Specialist Services, Worksafe
Kim Comben, Principal Specialist Hazardous Substances, Worksafe
Morning break
Guidelines for comprehensive testing for air pollutants

· Understanding the health risks of an increasing number of known air pollutants

· When is it timely or essential for air quality testing to be performed?

· What are the best practice guidelines for minimising health risk of airborne pollutants to employees?

Stuart Keer-Keer, Managing Director, K2 Environmental
Case Study: Findings from the field, transferring to the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) regulations

In this case study Janet Connochie reports on the practical aspects of implementing changes to the rules on managing hazardous substances moving from the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (HSNO) to the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations.

Janet Connochie, Senior Chemical Consultant, Chemsafety
Table talks: Is there a case to further address and raise the safety standards imposed by the government around the use, storage and importation of hazardous substances?
Lunch break
Case study: Mitigating the risk of pipe failures carrying hazardous media in high-risk areas

· Asserting why, while there is attention to the correct storage and labelling of hazardous chemicals, the distribution of these chemicals is often overlooked

· How the client, installers and suppliers have worked together to ensure correct piping systems and installation procedures

· Providing the client with a safe operating system protecting their people, their plant and the environment.

Nolwenn Lagadec, Southern Water Treatment Manager, Watercare Services Ltd
Izak Oktober, Territory Manager, Asmuss Plastic Systems
Case study: Issues faced in land remediation and brownfield development

· Examples of the successful re-use of contaminated land

· Highlighting the issues and long-lasting effects of contamination though both naturally occurring containments and industry pollution

· A balanced approach for the safe disposal of hazardous substances

Carole Lee, Technical Executive Environment, WSP Asia Pacific Ltd
Case studies: Improving incident management involving hazardous substances

· Presenting case studies of hazardous incidents; what went wrong and where?

· What can be done to reduce risk before and incident?

· How to manage the aftermath if the worst occurs

Suzanne Broadbent, Principal Consultant, HaS Expertise
Afternoon break
Asbestos awareness and practices for harm reduction


- What are the major risks of asbestos to workers and organisations?

- What can be done to mitigate risk?

- What advance in testing and harm reduction have been made in recent years?

Kevin Raw, National Operations Manager, Intertek Testing Services
Tailoring air quality monitoring methodologies to meet study objectives

· The what’s, how’s, where’s, and why’s of designing an air quality study to determine worker exposure

· More than just waving a magic PID: choosing the correct equipment to generate the required data

· A PCBU’s guide to asbestos air monitoring

· Case study: monitoring ambient and occupational exposure to silica within post-Hurricane Sandy recovery New York City subway tunnels

Judah Lebow, Principal Environmental Scientist, AECOM
Peter Stacey, Principal Environmental Scientist, AECOM
Summary remarks from the Chair and Networking Drinks
Welcome back from the Chair
Empowering a safety culture beyond compliance
Kristi Bensemann, Principal Consultant, Sentis
Asbestos management for business and property owners

· Understand your obligations and the requirements as a business owner under the law and designing an asbestos management plan by April 2018

· How to identify asbestos exposure risk in your workplace or property

· What are the key tools, standards and procedures for managing and mitigating this risk?

Terry Coleman, Secretary, New Zealand Demolition and Asbestos Association
Morning break
Human factor behavioural analysis in major incident investigations

· Better understanding human behaviours in major incidents

· Identifying human behaviours in major incidents

· Developing effective actions to prevent errors occurring

Derek Stannard, HSEQ Manager, Chem Freight Services Ltd
Case study: Are agrichemicals putting farm workers’ health at risk and is organic farming the solution?

· Making a case for investigating the health risks of long term exposure to pesticides and fertilisers to agri-workers

· Exploring organic and non- chemical farming methods as a feasible alternative across the farming industry in New Zealand

· What are the key outcomes of recent research?

Jacqueline Rowarth , Soil Scientist & Agri-Environment Analyst
Lunch break
Masterclass: Emergency preparation in hazardous substance management

· What are the unique risks associated with hazardous substances during and following earthquakes, floods, storms and fire

· Understanding possible emergency situations and their unique risks

· How to prepare for a potential chemical spill

· Complying with legislation with regards to emergency preparation

· Learning opportunities taken from historical emergency situations in New Zealand and overseas

Ken Clarke, Compliance Manager, Responsible Care NZ
Afternoon break
Masterclass: Managing hazardous substances through the supply chain

· An overview of the safety procedures associated with importing and exporting

· Best practice for transportation and logistics

· Understanding storage, monitoring, hazard registers and inventory management

· Safe measures for the disposal of hazardous substances

Trace Donaghey, Training & Development Team, Mainfreight Owens International
Closing remarks from the Chair and end of Summit
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