We have prepared many helpful links and information about storing and using chemicals which include pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and many others.
- We recommend you buy “The UK Pesticide Guide” which was prepared by The British Crop Protection Council (BCPC). Source: The UK Pesticide Guide 2019 (UKPG) https://www.amazon.co.uk/UK-Pesticide-Guide-2019/dp/1999896629/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+UK+pesticide+guide+2019&qid=1571308129&sr=8-1
- The BCPC promotes the science and practice sustainable crop production. Source: BCPC
- The BCPC was established in 1967 and is a registered charity.
- Chemicals consist of herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, pesticides, acaricides, algicides, lumbricides, molluscicides, nematicides and rodenticides, straw shorteners, sprout inhibitors and plant protection products. Source: The UK Pesticide Guide 2019 (UKPG)
- Before using any chemical for your business, the user should read the label carefully and comply strictly with the instructions. Source: The UK Pesticide Guide 2019 (UKPG)
- The HSE have prepared a “Guidance for storing chemical safely for farmers and other professional users” in 2012. Here is the link: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/ais16.pdf
- The Voluntary Initiative is a programme of measures, agreed by the crop protection industry and related organisations with the UK Government.
- Environmental information sheets (EIS – https://voluntaryinitiative.org.uk/resources/eis/) have been prepared by the Voluntary initiative for all marketed professional products. The EIS supplement information to the product label. Their purpose is to offer standardised user-friendly information to advisers, farmers and growers.
- Catchment-sensitive farming (CSF) is the government’s response to climate change and the European water directive. Rainfall events are likely to become heavier, with a greater risk of soil, nutrients and pesticides ending up in the waterways. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/catchment-sensitive-farming-reduce-agricultural-water-pollution
- Pesticide Legislation: covers anyone that advertises, sells, supplies, stores or uses pesticide and they are bound by this legislation, including those who use pesticides in their own homes, gardens or allotments. Here are the major legal directives below:
- EU – Regulation 1107/2009 – https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=celex%3A32009R1107 & http://www.hse.gov.uk/pesticides/topics/pesticide-approvals/pesticides-registration/applicant-guide/product-renewal-UK.htm
- EU – The Water Framework Directive – https://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/water-framework/index_en.html & http://www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/meetings/iacs/aiac/apg/280710/2-3-use-of-pesticides.pdf & http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1991/57/contents
- Classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) Regulation – http://www.hse.gov.uk/chemical-classification/legal/clp-regulation.htm
- The Food and Environment Protection Act 1986 – FEPA – http://www.hse.gov.uk/pesticides/topics/pesticide-approvals/pesticides-registration/general/fepa-and-copr.htm
- Dangerous Preparations Directive (1999/45/EC) – http://www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/europe/transposition/tn150908.htm &
- The Review Programme – http://www.hse.gov.uk/biocides/eu-bpr/review-regulation.htm
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1988 (COSHH) – http://www.hse.gov.uk/coshh/
- Biocidal Products Regulations – http://www.hse.gov.uk/biocides/index.htm
- Certificates of Competence with BASIS and NPTC
- BASIS offer an independent registration scheme for the pesticide industry – https://www.basis-reg.co.uk/
- NPTC – Spray operator certificates – https://www.nptc.org.uk/
- Maximum Residue levels is where the food chain has been affected by residues of pesticide – http://www.hse.gov.uk/pesticides/topics/reducing-environmental-impact/maximum-residue-levels/mrls-basic-guidance.htm
- Registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals (REACH) is a European regulation that came into force in June 2007 – here is more information: https://www.hse.gov.uk/reach/resources/factsheet.pdf
- Only officially approved pesticides can be marketed and used in the UK. Approvals are granted by the UK Government – http://www.hse.gov.uk/crd/
- ‘Read the label before use’. Using a product in a manner that is inconsistent with the label may be an offence. http://www.hse.gov.uk/pesticides/resources/C/Code_of_Practice_for_using_Plant_Protection_Products_-_Complete20Code.pdf
- There are 2 levels of product approval (authorisation for use; limited approval for research and development)
- Product approvals may be reviewed, amended, suspended or revoked at any time. It is recommended that you check the CRD and HSE websites for up to date information.
- When using herbicides near a watercourse, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-to-use-herbicides-in-or-near-water
- The Environmental Protection Act 1990 (as amended) – It is an offence to treat, keep or dispose of ‘controlled waste’ in a way likely to pollute the environment or harm people. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1990/43/contents
- It is also an offence to keep, treat or dispose of ‘controlled waste’ without a waste-management licence, unless the activity in question is ‘exempt’ under the Waste Management Licensing Regulations 1994. Under the act, people who produce waste must make sure that it is passed only to an authorised person who can transport, recycle or dispose of it safely.
- HSE can and will prosecute if you are not storing and using chemicals in your work place within the Code of practice. For more information: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pesticides/resources/I/investigations-concerns.pdf
ALWAYS READ THE LABEL BEFORE USE.
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