Building boats can require the use of a variety of hazardous substances that must be safely managed. Whether you're doing a new build or making repairs, you need to know about the substances you’re using and how to protect your health and the heath of your staff.

We have produced guidance on the safe handling of hazardous substances in the boat building industry.

Using hazardous substances in fibreglass boat building

This guidance gives advice on how to safely manage the risks of using hazardous substances.

Using hazardous substances in fibreglass boat building (PDF 2.5 MB)

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.

Compliance certification requirements

Depending on the type and quantity of chemicals held at your site, you may require one or more of the following compliance certificates:

If you are unsure about your compliance certification requirements, contact a compliance certifier for advice.

Find a compliance certifier(external link)

As a general rule, you should keep the quantities of hazardous substances stored on your site to a minimum. In this way the risks may be reduced and the need for compliance certification reduced.