Approved Handler Certification

It is our duty to inform your employees and staff about the Hazardous Substance & New Organisms Act of 1996 and to train them well so they can effectively handle hazardous chemicals and substances without any risk to themselves or to their surroundings. This provides them with considerable confidence in their abilities. Training offered by us can be customized accordingly.

Our courses are designed or made with a specific audience in mind. The target audience for the training courses include transporters, handlers of hazardous substances, purchases, distributors, those responsible for storage and goods receivers. If your company is associated with any of these jobs, then we are here to make sure that your employees get well trained. Here are some topics with the course covers:
•    The principles and purpose of the HSNO Act of 1996.
•    The proper management of hazardous substances of various kinds and their proper storage.
•    Why do hazardous substances need controlling.
•    The various effects and properties of hazardous substances.
•    The various kinds of hazardous substances based on the properties.
•    Technical vocabulary and jargon required for the handling of hazardous substances.
•    Documentation of hazardous substance.
•    The various methods of complying with a sudden emergency situation.

Although the duration of the course is 3 to 4 hours, the class duration depends on the number of attendees as well as on the number of total classes. After the attendees successfully complete the course, they shall be receiving the 5-year Approved Handler Certificate. In addition, training can also take place at our office in Browns Bay. The Approved Handler Course is offered through correspondence as well. When you send us your requirement, we offer you an initial booking form for the course.

Approved Handler Certificate Renewal

If you want to renew corporate AH status and certification after every 5th year, you need Approved Handlers.

We have devised a course which makes it very easy for you to learn this.

We shall make the necessary changes to your existing Approved Handler certificate as well as renew the lapsed ones.

If you wish to renew your AH certificate, you need to have the AH Renewal form which we provide to you free of cost.

We have a free service of reminding our clients when their certificates require renewal from 3 months ahead of the time. We also provide you with a free and new renewal form for your convenience.

You may want to make changes to an existing certificate. If such is the case, then you need to send additional information. In addition, there is some bit of paperwork to be done as well. These shall attract and a fee on the basis on the class of substance and their number you are adding.

You do not need to wait till the expiration of the existing certificate to ask for a change. If you need to deal with new substances, then you can apply for a new AH certificate or the updating of the old one. You can do this at any time.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

PIC Essentials

A Person In Charge is one of the most important personnel in a company which deals in handling hazardous substances. Such a person leads his team and trains them on the safest ways to handle the chemicals, substances, and wastes. However, a PIC needs to be trained first to industry standards. This is something which most companies still ignore. The PIC or Person In Charge is responsible for working according to the NSNO rules and regulations in New Zealand. He may also oversee NZ label requirements.

This is why we have created his very useful course, to educate companies on the responsibilities, the functions and the importance of a PIC, who can be their team leaders and foremen. These people are essential for your company because they control the damage in case of hazardous substance spills.

The in-depth and comprehensive course aids you in understanding the responsibilities of a Person In Charge, and how the person is important for your company in regards to handling hazardous substances.

Spill Response Management

It is not easy to determine what to do in case of a sudden chemical spill, especially if the chemical is a hazardous one.

If you deal with hazardous chemicals and substances on a daily basis, then you need to have your spill control procedures tested on an annual basis. The record needs to be in a written form. Our Spill Response Management course prepares you for occasions such as a sudden chemical spill.

The Response Management course gives you a comprehensive review and presentation of how to manage a spill, the steps to be taken in such circumstances and what are some of the dangers you face in the event of a chemical spill. At the end of the course, there is a brief assessment.

Response Management course includes a practical component in the form of a test, which tests how much the student has understood and is able to apply the knowledge in practice or real life situations. The practical test shall be one in which the student shall be faced by a spill simulation and high-risk zone. This can be done through various means such as in boardrooms, with the aid of increasingly difficult hazard cards and other processes.

When the course is complete, the student shall have learned all the necessary skills and techniques which can be used in the case of sudden spills and hazards. After the course, they shall be able to write, review and implement the various processes to control the problem.

At the end of the course, a certificate of attendance shall be provided. In addition, copies of the result shall be given to your company.

SDS Authoring

In the business of transporting, moving and handling hazardous substances, the supplier needs to place Safety Data Sheets (also called SDS for short) with the consignment. These are mandatory. Any SDS supplied within New Zealand needs to be compliant with HSNO. These sheets inform the reader how to properly handle the product and what damage-control steps to take in case of chemical spills.

TCC can prepare NZ compliant safety data sheets for you according to your country’s rules and regulations, which include HSNO classifications and a Group Standard allocation.

In case you already own a NZ SDS, we can correct and improve on it to ensure they remain HSNO compliant and usable in New Zealand. TCC are also able to provide HSNO compliant  NZ label advice for maintaining consistency between the SDS and the products label.


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HSNO Exempt Laboratories

Companies who use and handle hazardous substances on a daily basis, but whose operations are small scale, are exempted from being HSNO compliance under the government of New Zealand.

We understand that it is hard to determine on your own whether your organization is qualified for this according to the regulations. Therefore, we are always ready to assess this for you, referring to the HSNO and other codes of practices. We perform affordable Exempt laboratory audits.

However, if you do want to test it out for yourself, then we shall happily offer a self-auditing package. This is perfect for those organizations which do not have a considerable budget and yet wish to find out this important information. It effectively tells you if there are any gaps in your organization framework and if your work is not HSNO compliant. Once you have filled up this form, TCC shall assess it and tell you what to do next.

There are some organizations such as schools, certain research labs and CRIs which are exempt. We at TCC shall gladly audit your organization and provide you with a detailed report, including report on NZ label requirements and your company’s NZ compliant safety data sheet situation.

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