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Environment Protection Authority

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Chemicals and pesticides

Chemicals and pesticides

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) regulates the use of chemicals and pesticides in New South Wales to reduce exposure and minimise impacts on the environment including plants, animals and people. This involves developing and enforcing chemical control and pesticide use laws, including regulating remediation technologies for treating chemical and pesticide wastes and controlling major industrial spills and other hazardous incidents. EPA also provides information and advice on management of chemicals and pesticides.

Much of this section of the website applies to industries that use and manufacture chemicals and pesticides. It contains material and links on:

  • national chemicals management
  • safe use, management and disposal
  • minimising environmental impacts
  • managing chemical and pesticide wastes
  • cleaning up contaminated land.

The Household use and disposal page deals with the use of chemicals in the home and garden, and includes information about sustainable approaches to household cleaning and gardening, safe pet care and renovation advice. To find out how to deal with problem waste at home, visit the Disposing of household problem waste page.

People who work regularly with pesticides in NSW, such as market gardeners and farmers, and those working in the pest control and weed control industries, will find useful information in this section on:

  • appropriate management of pesticides
  • legislation governing pesticide use
  • record keeping, training and notification requirements
  • pesticide control orders governing the use of restricted chemical products.

There is also information for public authority and local council workers on notification of pesticide use in public places and residential complexes.

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Page last updated: 19 May 2016