HSNO codes of practice for hazardous substances

HSNO codes of practice are not approved codes of practice under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA). However, in the absence of specific HSWA guidance, they may still provide useful guidance in how to meet your duties under HSWA and the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017.

HSNO codes of practice (HSNOCOPs) set out how to comply with HSNO and the HSNO regulations or provide an alternative way of complying with the HSNO regulations.

Because the new Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 replace the HSNO regulations for the workplace, some HSNOCOPs will no longer be valid.

Some of these HSNOCOPs have been replaced by safe work instruments, some will be replaced with Work Safe Approved Codes of Practice and others will be replaced by guidance from WorkSafe.

HSNOCOPs for matters that remain under HSNO, such as the top-of-the-supply-chain rules for importers and manufacturers about content of labels or safety data sheets, will remain in effect.

HSNO codes that relate to HSNO regulations which have been replaced by the HSWA (Hazardous Substances) regulations may still be relevant to those who have buildings or equipment made under these previous codes. 

While this guidance has not been updated to reflect current work health and safety legislation (the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and regulations), it may still contain relevant information and practices to keep workers and others healthy and safe.

Please read this guidance in conjunction with all relevant industry standards that apply to you as a PCBU. This guidance will be progressively reviewed and either updated, replaced with other guidance, or revoked.

Motorsport fuel

Motorsport fuel – storage and handling (HSNOCOP 32)

This code of practice gives guidance on the transportation, storage and handling of fuels for motorsport venues or events.

HSNOCOP32‐1: Motorsport fuel ‐ storage and handling (PDF 764 KB)

Secondary containment

Secondary containment systems (HSNOCOP 47)

This code of practice provides a practical means of meeting the controls for secondary containment systems.

HSNOCOP 47: Secondary containment systems (PDF 2.1 MB)

Petroleum storage

Below ground stationary container systems for petroleum – design and installation (HSNOCOP 44)

This code of practice provides a means of compliance with the design and installation stages of the stationary container system for petroleum.

HSNOCOP 44: Below ground stationary container systems for petroleum – design and installation (PDF 1.1 MB)

Below ground stationary container systems for petroleum – operation (HSNOCOP 45)

This code of practice applies to the operation of below ground stationary container systems for petroleum substances.

HSNOCOP 45: Below ground stationary container systems for petroleum – operation (PDF 604 KB)

Code of practice for the design, installation and operation of underground petroleum storage systems

This code of practice has been prepared in response to concern over the integrity of Underground Petroleum Storage Systems (UPSS) and reflects collective experience and expertise in risk management.

Code of practice for the design, installation and operation of underground petroleum storage systems (PDF 292 KB)

Code of practice for the design, installation and operation of underground petroleum storage systems – supplement No. 1: Management of existing underground petroleum storage systems

This supplement to the code has been prepared to cover underground petroleum storage systems (UPSS) installed prior to the introduction of the code in 1992.

Code of practice for the design, installation and operation of underground petroleum storage systems – supplement No. 1: Management of existing underground petroleum storage systems (PDF 129 KB)

Tank wagons               

Flammable liquids tank wagons (HSNOCOP 6)

This code of practice is for the design and construction of vehicles for the bulk transport of flammable liquids by road.

HSNOCOP 6: Flammable liquids road tank wagons (PDF 313 KB)

Flammable gases and oxygen tank wagons (HSNOCOP 29)

This code of practice is for the design and construction of vehicles for bulk transport of flammable gases and oxygen by road.

HSNOCOP 29: Flammable gases and oxygen tank wagons (PDF 636 KB)

Toxic, corrosive and ecotoxic liquids tank wagons (HSNOCOP 39)

This code of practice is for the design and construction of vehicles for the bulk transportation of Class 6 toxic, Class 8 corrosive and Class 9 ecotoxic liquids by road.

HSNOCOP 39: Toxic, corrosive and ecotoxic liquids tank wagons (PDF 725 KB)

Laboratories

Code of practice for CRI and university exempt laboratories (HSNOCOP 1)

This code of practice is a means of compliance with section 33 of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act, and the Hazardous Substances (Exempt Laboratories) Regulations 2001.

Code of Practice for CRI and university exempt laboratories (PDF 598 KB)

Code of practice for school exempt laboratories (HSNOCOP 15)

This code of practice provides practical guidance on how schools should comply with the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act and the Exempt Laboratory Regulations.

HSNOCOP 15-1: School exempt laboratories (PDF 556 KB)

Pyrotechnics

Code of practice for outdoor pyrotechnic displays (HSNOCOP 30)

This code of practice is designed to assist people involved in all aspects of outdoor pyrotechnic displays to understand their obligations under the HSNO regulations, and to provide guidance on the best and safest ways of complying with these regulations.

HSNOCOP 30: Outdoor pyrotechnic displays (PDF 4 MB)

Existing stationary container systems up to 60,000 litres capacity

HSNOCOP 13-2: Management of existing stationary container systems up to 60,000 litres capacity

This code of practice applied to HSNO certification of stationary container systems up to 60,000 L capacity and which were constructed prior to the 1st April 2004.

HSNOCOP 13-2: Management of existing stationary container systems up to 60,000 litres capacity (PDF 503 KB)