From 1 July 2015, only specially qualified people are able to buy many organophosphate and carbamate-based insecticides. These insecticides play an important role in New Zealand’s biosecurity and agriculture industry, but they can harm the environment, and may cause short- and long-term health problems. In addition, the EPA set new rules to manage the risks posed by some active ingredients, including that most can only be used by specially qualified people. People who don’t follow the rules may be prosecuted. The new rules are written on the labels of these products, so anyone who uses them will be able to learn the new rules, and follow them. The active ingredients covered by these new rules are: acephate, carbaryl, chlorpyrifos, dimethoate, maldison (malathion), oxamyl, methomyl, pirimicarb, pirimphos-methyl, diazinon, fenamiphos, methamidophos, prothiofos and terbufos. There are pamphlets on WorkSafe New Zealand’s website that explain the new rules in more detail.
NZ EPA Hazardous Substance Bulletin, 16 July 2015 ;http://www.epa.govt.nz ;