This section provides information about a range of environmental health topics including dioxins, drinking water, foodborne illness and more.
National Poisons Centre Toxins database
TOXINZ is an internet database containing information about toxic compounds and the management of poisoned patients. The database contains information about 90,000 chemicals, pharmaceuticals, hazardous creatures and plants.
The TOXINZ database has been developed jointly with the University of Otago and the New Zealand National Poisons Centre. The public health units have free access to TOXINZ as part of the Ministry’s contract with the National Poisons Centre.
In this section
- Health effects of dioxins and guidance for health practitioners. There is also information about health support services for dioxin exposed people, including former sawmill workers exposed to PCP and the Ivon Watkins Dow factory in Paritutu. Read more
- This section provides information for public health professionals and authorities on the Ministry's work and initiatives on drinking-water, wastewater and sewage. Read more
- This section provides information on foodborne illness, and the regulation of food in New Zealand. Read more
- This section provides information about high-power laser pointers. Read more
- This information for health practitioners outlines the high-level aspects of the process of identifying medically dependent domestic electricity consumers. Read more
- If a mercury thermometer breaks (or other items containing around ¼ teaspoon or less of mercury), you may be able to clean it up yourself by following the advice in this fact sheet. Read more
- An overview of the legislation covering standards around sewage, and the role of district health boards. Read more
- The Environmental Health Officers Qualifications Regulations 1993 (the Regulations) state that no person shall be appointed as an Environmental Health Officer unless they are qualified, ie hold the National Diploma in Environmental Science or a qualification accepted by the Director-General of Health as at least equivalent to it. Read more