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Notification of fumigation activities

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Notification of fumigation activities

From 1 December 2017, the new Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 require businesses to notify the nearest Fire and Emergency Communications Centre of planned commercial fumigation activities at least 24 hours before they fumigate.

We respond to emergencies involving hazardous substances including medical emergencies where toxic or flammable gases may be involved. Having pre-warning of any hazards or chemical at a site will help us to respond quickly and with the right specialist equipment if someone calls for help on or around the fumigation site.

To make it easier for people in the industry, a page on notifying fumigation activity has been added to our website with more information for fumigators and a notification form which can be filled out and emailed to the nearest Communications Centre. 

To find out if the new regulations apply to you, look at the information provided by WorkSafe for guidance, or read the Health and Safety at Works (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017