In case of poisoning

For information about poisons or in case of poisoning, call the National Poisons Centre on 0800 764 766.

If you or someone else requires urgent medical attention, call 111.
  • Agricultural compounds and pesticides

    Agricultural compounds are used for many purposes, including protecting native plants and wildlife and minimising health risks from pests.
  • Arsenic

    Arsenic is a substance that is found naturally in rock. It has been used as an insecticide, and some situations arsenic harms people’s health.
  • Asbestos

    Learn about identifying asbestos-containing material in your home, the health risks of asbestos and what you can do about asbestos.
  • Consumer products

    Some common manufactured products may be or may contain hazardous substances.
  • Contaminated soil

    Soil contamination results where hazardous substances are either spilled on or buried in the soil, or migrate from a spill that occurred elsewhere.
  • Fire and smoke

    Fires can expose people to a range of hazardous substances.
  • Hazardous substances and products

    Hazardous substances are common in homes, workplaces, and public areas. Find out more about how we protect public health from such substances.
  • Lead

    Lead is a metal that can be found in the environment, around the home or at workplaces. If untreated, lead poisoning can be serious.
  • Mercury

    Mercury vaporises at room temperature and breathing in this vapour can be harmful to your health.
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

    Persistent Organic Pollutants are compounds that do not break down easily, and stay in the environment.
  • Publications (goes to another website)

    We publish a range of information on hazardous substances, from reports and evaluations to guidance for public health officers.