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John Downey

John Downey is the Technical Director of Enviroservices (2002) Ltd.  With more than 40 years of involvement in hazardous chemicals, he is well placed to provide advice on a wide range of situations that involve hazardous chemicals.  John has always been a generalist, rather than a specialist.  This means he has accumulated an understanding of an extremely wide range of industries, to the point where he has a general comprehension of the operational needs of most industries encountered in New Zealand.  He is also passionate about cross-pollination of information and principles between industries, to everybody’s benefit.

 He is currently approved by WorkSafe New Zealand for Approved Handlers covering Classes 2 to 9, conducting many Courses, including in-house.  His Test Certification Number is TST #000032.  He is also a HSNO Auditor for locations covering Classes 2 to 9, for Stationary Containers holding hazardous substances.  

 He holds certification from the American Petroleum Institute for:

API 653 Authorised Tank Inspector #32410.

In 2013 he completed a training course in India on API RP579, covering fitness for service of tanks and pipework.

In the past, he has also held:

API570 Authorised Process Pipework Inspector #33328

API510 Authorised Pressure Vessels Inspector #33328

 John has been Director of the company since 2002.  Prior to that, he spent 15 years as a Dangerous Goods Inspector with Waitemata City Council, which became Waitakere City Council in 1990.  He also spent six years with Smith Biolab Ltd as a sales consultant selling laboratory equipment and chemicals, plus six years with Henry H York & Co Ltd in the 1970’s, selling industrial chemicals.

 John holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemistry from the Central Queensland University.  He was a volunteer firefighter for 11½ years, and in 2009 he was appointed as a reservist Flight Lieutenant with the RNZAF, in the role of specialist HAZMAT Officer.

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Miriam Downey

Miriam is a Director and Executive Assistant of Enviroservices.  She has been involved in the administrative side of Enviroservices on a full-time and part-time basis since the company began. Miriam has had an increasing role in the Approved Handler renewal process. A former high school teacher, she has had many years of experience in secretarial and Personal Assistant roles in both Government departments and the private sector.

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Bruce Avery

 Bruce joined the Enviroservices team in May 2012 as a HSNO Auditor, working under the direction of both John Downey and other Test Certifiers. He is eligible to apply to WorkSafe New Zealand for approval as a Test Certifier in his own.

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Prakash (PJ)

 PJ, with an accounting & finance background, is the Officer Manager, who joined Enviroservices in mid-2007.

He oversees the accounts, general administration, and booking and scheduling of Approved Handler courses.  Any enquiries pertaining to these should be directed to him.