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Consultation open on rules to protect people and our environment from hazardous substances

20 March 2017

​​The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is seeking submissions on a consultation paper and exposure draft of a Hazardous Property Controls Notice proposing rules to protect the general public and the environment from hazardous substances. These proposals provide an update on proposed rule changes released for consultation in October 2016. 

The proposals are required as part of the Government’s Health and Safety Reform. 

The consultation document is divided into four parts.

Part 1 relates to proposals for the rules for substances that are ecotoxic (toxic to the environment). Many of these rules relate to the workplace use of pesticides.

Part 2 relates to the availability, storage and use of hazardous substances outside of the workplace in places such as the home. 

Parts 3 and 4 are new proposals arising out of the submissions received on the original proposals or regulatory gaps that have been identified since the previous consultation.

Part 3 relates to tank wagons and transportable container requirements for ecotoxic substances, and the filling of SCUBA cylinders by members of the public. 

Part 4 discusses proposed changes to the Labelling Notice, resulting from proposed new requirements on pesticide use. 

Submissions open on Monday 20 March 2017 and close at 5pm on Monday 19 April 2017. 

All submissions must be submitted in writing via email or post to:

hsnotices@epa.govt.nz or Private Bag 63002, Wellington 6140, New Zealand.

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