Hazardous Substances Management
To maintain, operate and support science at Scott Base, Antarctic New Zealand is required to store and handle hazardous substances. There are many potential risks to humans, property and the environment if these substances are not handled and stored in the correct manner. The handling and storage of fuel presents one of the largest risks to the environment due to the large quantities handled around Scott Base and in the field.
The regular turnover of staff at Scott Base demands that certain repeat activities are well documented to ensure high standards are maintained. A suite of standard operating procedures (SOPs) has been developed to address this need. A spill prevention and response plan and emergency management response procedures have also been developed.