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F3 Hazardous substances and processes

Safety from hazardous substances where stored, handled or used or where hazardous processes are undertaken.

This clause confirms there is adequate protection to people and other property in buildings where hazardous substances are stored, or where hazardous processes are undertaken.

Its provisions relate to restricting access, preventing contamination, the safe release of pressure, protection against ignition and means to render hazards harmless.  It also requires impervious, easily cleaned surface finishes on building elements likely to be splashed or become contaminated.

Record of amendments is a record of changes to the Acceptable Solutions, Verification Methods and handbooks.

Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods

Current version

These are issued by MBIE to provide one way of complying with the Building Code and must be accepted by BCAs as demonstrating compliance with the related clauses of the Building Code. Using them is not mandatory.

 

Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods (AS and VMs) were called compliance documents. Some still have the “compliance document” title but the AS or VMs they contain are valid and unaffected by the name change.

Guidance

These documents are provided for assistance. They are not intended as a means of establishing compliance with the Building Act or Building Code, and they do not have the same status accorded to Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods under the Act.

Related Determinations

Determinations are made by MBIE on matters of doubt or dispute to do with building work. Rulings are legally binding in relation to each case. Circumstances in one case may differ to others.

This information is published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Chief Executive. It is a general guide only and, if used, does not relieve any person of the obligation to consider any matter to which the information relates according to the circumstances of the particular case. Expert advice may be required in specific circumstances. Where this information relates to assisting people: