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CARPET & RESTORATION
Early October saw the launch to market
of the new Henry battery scrubbing
machine from Numatic. We all know the
Henry face - It’s a symbol of reliability
• 30 Litre Capacity
• Sealed Gel Batteries
• On-board Charger
• 450mm Clean Width
Proquip-Frontline has recently been
appointed a dealer for the Rubbermaid
commercial product range. This offers new
and exciting opportunities to the New
Zealand cleaner because the well known
Rubbermaid brand offers a great selection
of innovative products.
Now available in NZ is the new CRO8072
compact ride-on scrubber from Numatic.
This machine offers a high productivity
rate for cleaning that needs to be done
fast but without a compromise of quality.
• 720mm Clean Width
• Twin Disk
• 80 Litre Capacity
• Sealed Gel Batteries
• Up to 7200m2
• 2 Hour Runtime
Our new showroom in Auckland has
almost our entire range available for
viewing and demonstration. Call in to
have a look around- We have a lot of new
innovative products. Come in and have a
84 Onehunga Mall, Onehunga, Auckland
Call us now on 0800 277 678 for more Information
You may be aware that changes in legislation,
specifically the Health & Safety at Work Act
2015 (HSWA) and the HSNO Amendment
Act 2015, will affect the Approved Handler
Regime, which has been one of the key ways
hazardous substances have been managed for
the last 10 years.
Worksafe and the EPA still have some
of the finer points to be worked out but
essentially as of December 2017, there will
be no requirement to have an Approved
Handler Certificate to purchase or use the
hazardous substances (most pesticide sprays
and some cleaning products) that currently
require it from your supplier.
After 1 December 2017 there will be a
requirement for anyone wishing to purchase
or use any Class 6.1A or 6.1B products
to have a Certified Handlers Certificate
(basically the same as an Approved Handlers
Certificate). These products are of course the
highly toxic products such as cyanide, 1080
and for our industry the carbamates (such as
Ficam, Bendi 800) and the organophosphates
like dichlorvos (Nuvos).
There will be no purchase restrictions on
Class 2, 3, 4, 5 & 8 products (commonly found
in hazardous cleaning products). The EPA
are still deciding if an additional requirement
to purchase and use Class 9’s (the hazardous
to the environment) products will need to be
put in place. Most likely evidence of industry
recognised or NZQA based training will be
required but as yet to be decided.
What does this mean for you?
It’s business as usual up to 1 December 2017.
If you are not currently an Approved
Handler you still need to become one to
purchase or use the restricted products.
If your currently an Approved Handler
ensure your certification does not expire!
Why? Whatever the EPA decide with
regards to what will be required after 1
December 2017 your current Approved
Handler Certification will be “grandfathered”
to when it normally expires allowing you time
to get whatever qualification is decided.
For example if you were approved this
year you don’t need to do anything until the
corresponding month in 2020.
What does this mean for our
Your guess is as good as mine. It will be
largely deregulated with anyone having
access to previously restricted products.
One thing to keep in mind was that even
with the Approved Handler “license” regime
there was very little enforcement being carried
out. An analogy could be everyone was
expected to get a WOF to drive (you couldn’t
by a car without one essentially) but there
wasn’t any police on the road to check safety.
Worksafe are essentially saying “you don’t
need a WOF for your car but if your car
doesn’t meet the safety standards we’ll throw
the book at you and we are flooding the
roads with hundreds of police!”
Under the Approved Handler regime the
liability was placed firmly on the individual
Approved Handler, much like the driver of
a car. Now the liability is on the employer
(PCBU). Worksafe will be not asking for
a license or certificate from the worker or
operator, they will be asking for evidence of
training from the employer! The penalties
are significant and they will be using them!
With this greater emphasis on training
rather than certification, you will need to
have training and education records of
who, what, where and when for each staff
member and yourself.
So your existing training providers such as
PestNetwork and IICRC will still provide the
bulk of this. This is not to say you can’t train
your own staff and much of the day to day
operational training can still be done by you.
But you need to ask yourself these questions
in regard to training:
Is it really cost effective to take time out of
the business to train my own staff ?
Am I prepared to take the liability or would
I rather pass that to my training provider?
Will my training be valid i.e. meet their
needs, have proper training resources such as
a training manual etc?
I would encourage you to think about how
these changes are going to affect you and start
making plans now. We will endeavour to advise
you as best we can but as you can appreciate,
we do not have the time to sit down and chat
with everyone on an individual basis; you need
to attend as many events and read as much as
you can about these changes yourself.
You can start with calling 0800030040 and
asking for the special guide Introduction to
the Health & Safety At Work Act 2015 or
Paul Pritchard is immediate past president of
the Carpet Cleaners Association of New Zealand
What is happening with Approved
Health & Safety
at Work Act 2015
(HSWA) and the
Act 2015, will affect the Approved
Handler Regime. According to
Paul Pritchard* it’s time to
start thinking about how these
changes will affect your business.
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