HSNO - It’s Not That Hard

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Simon Buckland
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Simon.Buckland@epa.govt.nz

(P32, Friday 28, Ilott Theatre, 11.30)

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HSNO - It’s Not That Hard

  1. 1. HSNO - It’s not that hard!the EPA’s strategy to help SMEs
  2. 2. HSNO - It’s easy!
  3. 3. What am I going to talk about Hazardous Substances Where do you find them? The cost to people and the environment? How do we manage chemicals safely? Our small business program The key HSNO controls What must you do?
  4. 4. The costIn New Zealand– 15 – 60 deaths per year - acute– 800 – 1000 death per year – chronic– 1,200 – 2,500 hospitalisations– Higher than annual road death toll! (306 deaths in 2010)– Workplace deaths (2010 – 2011) 73
  5. 5. The tragedy These deaths are preventable Adverse effects of hazardous substances can be prevented or managed Legislation in place – HSNO + HSE
  6. 6. HSNO applies to everyone• HSNO legislation starts with words on paper• Prevention and management of hazardous substances requires action• Action from importers, manufacturers, users and those storing hazardous substances• Action from employers, employees, and health & safety practitioners (reps, advisors, managers)• Action from Government
  7. 7. Characteristics of Small Businesses Internal environment – Owner/manager is the key person – Short, oral lines of communication – Poor work environment External environment Competition Deadlines Regulatory pressure • multiplicity of legislation • Non prescriptive, performance based
  8. 8. Characteristics of Small Businesses Barriers to performance – Management structure (informal, initiative based) – Economic climate – Communication (literacy, English a second language) – Knowledge and perception • No chemical inventory • No safety data sheets • PPE, What do I wear? Compliance and enforcement drivers
  9. 9. Characteristics of Small Businesses How do SME view the regulator - EPA – Cost not a benefit – Speak a foreign language – Do not understand our business – Trying to fix a problem that does not exist
  10. 10. How to get through to SME’s? Changing behaviours – the mindset Focus on the owner/manager – their attitude critical to managing health and safety Action orientated – low cost initiatives, based on trust – health and safety has to compete alongside cash flow Relevant information – simple, concise, user friendly advice What works? straightforward checklists
  11. 11. HSNO – it’s easy! Where to start? Hazardous substances are hazards (no different to “slips, trips & falls” or unguarded machines) Hazards need to be eliminated, isolated or minimised to prevent harm (same as HSE – all practicable steps) HSNO eliminates by banning substances HSNO sets controls to manage the risks (classification and threshold quantity)
  12. 12. Key HSNO controls Keep a current chemical inventory Have the right information – labels, signs, SDS Train the people – hazards, precautions, PPE Maintain an emergency management plan Manage high risk activities - test certification Identify a responsible “person in charge”
  13. 13. EPA’s Strategy Toolkit Influencers SMEs Awareness
  14. 14. EPA’s Strategy Working with the owner/manager Provide information - communication tools – simple messages – action orientated – improving accessibility – self assessment checklists – chemical inventory – what and how to – chemical calculator – emergency flipchart
  15. 15. EPS’s Strategy Key Influences on SME’s – Industrial organisations – Insurance industry – Health and Safety practitioners – Trades Unions – safety representatives – Government departments Align with other government departments – Workplace Health and Safety Strategy – Occupational Health Action Plan• Training• Research
  16. 16. Working with H&S Practitioners H&S practitioners play a critical role An important influencer • Hazard identification • Interventions • Provide advice • Training • Awareness campaigns • Compliance
  17. 17. Why you are important? H&S practitioners are well placed Passion Knowledge & skills (or know where to get help) Front line (“Johnny on the spot”)
  18. 18. How can we work together? Bryan Watts bryan.watts@epa.govt.nz Sarah McIntosh sarah.mcintosh@epa.govt.nz Simon Buckland simon.buckland@epa.govt.nz Hazardous Substances Information Line 0800 376 234 or hsinfo@epa.govt.nz

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