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In 63 countries worldwide, Responsible Care® is renowned for best practice in safety, health and
environmental (SH&E) protection, particularly safe chemical management.

Responsible Care NZ enables all business leaders to comply with New Zealand’s rigorous chemical management legislation. We provide accurate compliance advice, together with customised training in the safe management of hazardous substances and dangerous goods.

Responsible Care NZ works closely with government, industry and enforcement agencies, to help chemical suppliers and their customers manage chemical responsibly. We lead the development of New Zealand’s chemical safety performance standards, including the Approved Codes of Practice necessary to demonstrate compliance.
Responsible Care NZ is playing a key role in international initiatives to further improve global chemical management through Responsible Care.

Barry Dyer
Chief Executive

To exceed society’s safety health and environmental protection expectations. The Responsible Care New Zealand (RCNZ) is a ‘not for profit’ industry association responsible for implementing and promoting Responsible Care™, the international safety, health and environmental (SH&E) protection initiative practised by the chemical industry in more than 45 countries worldwide.

Our activities focus on helping employers comply with New Zealand’s demanding workplace safety and environmental protection legislation. We assist employers to develop and implement sound SH&E management practices which demonstrate their commitment to protecting employees, the community and our environment.

A key role is to helping to develop the legislation, national performance standards and environmental reporting criteria which has positioned the RCNZ as a centre of technical excellence for SH&E performance.

The Council has unrivalled expertise in the safe management of chemicals and hazardous substances.

responsiblecare_about_us_17WORKING WITH GOVERNMENT 

As the chemical industry’s representative, and advocate, we work closely with government, industry associations and the enforcement agencies to ensure our members interests are advanced. Our primary activities involve:

  • Helping our members to comply with SH&E protection legislation, particularly involving the management of hazardous substances.
  • Providing employers with the SH&E performance standards and guidance they need to demonstrate compliance.
  • Recognising employers who meet and exceed their legal and moral obligations to their employees, the community and our environment.

Responsible Care works constantly to ensure the public is aware of the benefits that sound chemistry, industry innovation and superior SH&E performance contribute to a better, healthier and safer world. We welcome the participation by employers who share our desire to demonstrate superior SH&E performance through Responsible Care™, and a process of continuous improvement.

Comprehensive and accurate compliance advice to
help ensure safe chemical management in workplaces.

Access our suite of unique ‘compliance tools’.

CHEMCALL ® 24/7 emergency response service.

Benchmarking against industry best practice.

HSWA (Hazardous Substances) Regulations and training courses.

RCNZ is recognised by government and industry as a trusted source of timely and credible technical advice about compliance with workplace health and safety and environmental protection, particularly the safe management of chemicals, including hazardous substances and dangerous goods.

RCNZ ensures members’ interests are reflected in the development and implementation of safety, health and environmental (SH&E) protection policies, regulations, performance standards, and compliance options.