Best Practice Guideline


The New Zealand roading industry handles some 160,000 tonnes of bitumen annually, much of it as a binder for chipsealing – a practice in which New Zealand is a world leader.

To ensure safe handling of bituminous materials, the Best Practice Guideline: Safe Handling of Bituminous Materials used for Roading has been prepared to safeguard personnel working in the roading industry.

This 330-page guideline and the notes which accompany it sets out design, construction and operating practices, providing a guard against the special hazards of using bituminous materials during all phases of their storage, transporting, handling, and use as a binder in a pavement or road.

Originally published in 1982, this fifth edition is based on current industry best practice. It has been developed by Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ) to record and communicate industry best practice in line with the recently implemented Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017.

It is designed as an online document accessible by a licence for access to ongoing updates as regulations change and best practices evolve. Licenced access also includes a range of useful appendices and access to the 16-page CCNZ document Requirements for Bitumen Sprayers (BPG02).

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The guide was developed with considerable input from CCNZ members, and is available under licence for an annual administration fee.

CCNZ Members $75+GST/year
Contractor non-members: $2,250+GST/year
Clients / consultants: $300+GST/year

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The document provides a detailed account of best practice on how to handle bitumen used for roading. New Zealand has specific legislative requirements that govern both hazardous substances and dangerous goods. The document outlines what is required by those involved with bitumen on how to comply. It sets out the requirements of those handling bitumen products to keep themselves, fellow workers and members of the public safe.
To ensure updates can be made and communicated to a wide range of businesses in a timely basis, this document is accessed online using a licence. To obtain a licence, you will need to lodge an enquiry with CCNZ, whereupon your business will be sent an invoice. Licences will be issued following payment of invoice.
Presenting BPG01 as an online document allows us to maintain and update the document more regularly, ensuring the industry is up to speed with best practice rather than working with a variety of out-of-date document versions. Licensees will be sent email notifications on updates to the document as they happen.
The licence gives you access to the documents that CCNZ produce to control the use of bitumen and to certify bitumen sprayers. As and when updates are generated these will be distributed to those with a licence.
If your company needs more than one licence, you may wish to nominate a person or people within the organisation to control the allocation of licences to those who need them. Please be aware all licence holders must abide by the licence terms. The licence is non-refundable.
Yes, the requirements for the certification of bitumen sprayers have changed with this update. Requirements for the undertaking audits have changed and these changes are documented in BPG01.

Licence Terms

Civil Contractors New Zealand has developed the Best Practice Guideline: Safe Handling of Bituminous Materials Used for Roading (BPG01), to meet the bitumen industry’s requirements of today. BPG01 has been developed in conjunction with the bitumen industry, Worksafe and the Ministry for the Environment to overview how bitumen can be handled safely, and how New Zealand regulatory requirements apply.

The online portal provides the user with unfettered access to all sections of BPG01. The user can search the document in its entirety to find the information relevant to their work. CCNZ will continue to review and update BPG01 as new practices are developed, technical improvements are made available or as regulatory changes are put into effect.

A licence to this document entitles the Licensee to ongoing access to this document as it is updated. Licences are issued on an annual basis or pro rata as required (for subscriptions starting after 1 April 2020). As updates to BPG01 are made by CCNZ formed working groups, Licensees will be notified via email that these have been made available. Licensees are encouraged to use the online version. Printed copies are uncontrolled and therefore may not be current as various sections are updated. CCNZ is not responsible for the accuracy of printed copies.

Licence agreement


  • Licensee – company and/or individual permitted access to BPG01
  • Licensor – Civil Contractors New Zealand Limited
  • The Asset – The Safe Handling of Bituminous Materials Used for Roading Best Practice Guideline (BPG01), published by Civil Contractors New Zealand

Length of licence – The length of licence will be for a period of one year. The start date will be the 1 April with an end date of the 31 March the following year.

Licence term – A single non-refundable licence will be issued to each Licensee on an annual basis.

Renewal rules – On 1 April each year, the Licensee will be invoiced by the Licensor for an administration fee for the next year. Where the Licensee is a either a CCNZ member, major or branch associate, the licensee will be invoiced at the member rate. Where the licensee is not a member or associate of CCNZ, the Licensee will be invoiced at the non-member rate.

The Licensee must pay the invoice by the 20th day of the month following the issuing of the invoice to allow ongoing access to the online portal. Where payment is not made within this period, access to the portal will be terminated until payment is made.

Rates for access are as follows:

  • CCNZ Member rate – $75+GSTper user per annum.
  • Non-member rate – $2,250+GST per user per annum
  • Client/consultant rate – $300+GST per annum
  • Payment/s will be pro rata as required.

Restricted use
The licensee shall not distribute, licence, loan, or sell the contents or other content that is contained to parties that do not have a licence. Nor shall they remove, alter, or obscure any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary rights notice on or in the document. The individual Licensee that has access to the online portal shall not allow non-licensed businesses or individuals access to the portal. Breach of these terms will result in revocation of the licence, or potential additional licence fees.

The Licensor shall provide updates as they become available. The Licensee shall be informed of updates via their nominated email address as they are posted on the online portal.

Limitation of liability
The Licensee acknowledges and agrees that neither Licensor nor its board members, officers, employees or agents, will be liable for any loss or damage arising out of or resulting from Licensor’s provision of BPG01 under this agreement.

Disclaimers and release

  • The Asset is provided by Licensor on an “as is” basis.
  • To the extent permitted by law, Licensor will in no way be liable to the Licensee or any third party for any loss or damage, however caused (including through negligence) which may be directly or indirectly suffered in connection with any use of BPG01
  • Licensor will not be held liable by the Licensee in any way, for any loss, damage or injury suffered by the Licensee or by any other person related to any use of BPG01 or any part thereof.
  • To the extent permitted by law, no express or implied warranty, term, condition or undertaking is given or assumed by Licensor, including any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.