Manufacturing paints and inks can have long-term effects on the health of people working in the industry. Precautions need to be taken with the range of solvents and chemical additives used in the manufacture of paints, printing inks and resins.

We have produced guidance on safely making paints, printing inks and resins.

Approved code of practice for safety and health in the manufacture of paint, printing inks and resins

This approved code of practice identifies hazards associated with the various manufacturing processes and precautions to minimise risk to workers’ health and safety. Also included is information on general work methods and the health monitoring.

ACOP: Manufacture of paint, printing ink and resins (PDF 303 KB)

While the above 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.

Please note:

  • Sections 6 (Legal duties) and Section 7 (Disaster plans) must be read in context with current legislation and regulations.
  • Appendix 1 - refer to current issue of Workplace Exposure Standards and Biological Indices as the levels in Appendix 1 as printed are out of date.
  • Appendix 2 - refer to Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and Regulations including Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017.

Appendix 3 - refer to current NZ Standards documents including Hazardous Zones 60079- 14/12 and 10.2009 and 10.2016.

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.