The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is seeking submissions on proposals to update rules and controls relating to safe use and management of a range of agricultural and other chemicals.

A consultation document, A Proposal for EPA Notice for Hazardous Property Controls, provides an update on changes first put forward in October 2016. EPA general manager Siobhan Quayle says the Hazardous Property Controls Notice consolidates, updates, and replaces many regulations and controls currently in HSNO Regulations, group standards, transfer notices and individual substance approvals. It also introduces new controls necessary to fill regulatory gaps that have arisen from the split of controls between HSNO and the new Health and Safety at Work legislation.

"It is intended that the HPC Notice will come into force in December 2017."