Home Hazards

Many household chemicals we use every day can cause harm to us, or to the environment, or both. Even products marketed as natural, organic or environmentally friendly can be hazardous.

You can find out more about poisons around the home on the Ministry of Health website below. 

https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/healthy-living/environmental-health/household-items-and-electronics/poisons-around-home (external link)

Asbestos, information for the home handyman

Exempt work

It is not necessary to use contractors if less than 10 m2 of asbestos is to be removed, unless the material is brittle, crumbly or has contaminated dust.

If you are unsure whether your proposed work will need to be licensed, contact Worksafe, 0800 030 040. Visit the Worksafe website for regulations around working with asbestos.

Local information

Testing

Public Health South (PHS) will test domestic asbestos samples for free. Samples will be sent to a Capital Environment Services Ltd laboratory in Wellington. Contact PHS for more information, 03 211 0900.

Disposal

Asbestos requires a special waste permit to be disposed at the Regional Landfill. For more information visit the Wastenet website here.

General information

Visit the www.asbestosaware.co.nz (external link) website – a one-stop shop for homeowners who need to know more about asbestos. While the site has been developed for Greater Christchurch, the information is relevant for anyone undertaking or commissioning residential work that may involve disturbing asbestos containing materials. 

Click on the following link to access WorkSafe's asbestos information page dedicated to homeowners. https://worksafe.govt.nz/topic-and-industry/asbestos/information-for-homeowners (external link)