The Law regarding use of Pesticides
The Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012 requires everyone who uses Plant Protection Products (PPPs) authorised for professional use, to have a spray operator certificate. In addition, anyone purchasing PPPs authorised for professional use must ensure that the intended end user has a certificate.
Background information including Regulations, Codes of Practice and recognised awards can be found at:
Qualification quidance can be found at on the City & Guilds website
In Scotland training material is based on the Scottish Code of Practice for Pesticide Use 2006. This can be found on the Scottish Government website
In England & Wales use HSE/pesticides/code of practice
Sprayer Equipment Testing Requirement
By 26th November 2016, all in-use pesticide-application equipment over 5 years old-with the exception of knapsack and handheld sprayers-must have passed inspection by the Naitonal Sprayer Testing Scheme (NSTS) within the last 5 years. The NSTS is the only body designated to inspect and certify pesticide application equipment for use, so having equipment tested by an approved NSTS examiner is the only way to stay compliant. A list of approved examiners can be found on the NSTS website or speak to your local sprayer dealer.
Pesticide Refresher courses - Lantra have produced a suite of approved Pesticide Refresher courses. These are suitable for those employed within the agriculture or horticulture industries with responsibility for the storage, handling and application of pesticides. These courses will confirm your knowledge of health and safety and legislation enabling you to work safely and effectively out in the field. These courses are for existing holders of certificates of competence and provide evidence of operatives CPD and attract BASIS CPD points.
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