The Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016,
govern asbestos related works in New Zealand.
Asbestos refers to a group of six naturally occurring minerals that have been mined extensively since the 19th century. Asbestos minerals have several desirable properties including high tensile strength, heat and water resistance and low cost. This made asbestos a staple product within the construction and manufacturing industry during the 20th century.
Over time asbestos was found to be a potent carcinogen linked with a large number of serious respiratory diseases and cancers. To protect asbestos workers and minimise health risks from exposure to airborne asbestos fibres, strict rules and regulations surrounding the use and removal of asbestos containing materials were implemented.