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Safe Use of Pesticides

Everyone who uses pesticides must have adequate guidance, instruction or training for their correct use.

Anyone who uses a professional pesticide product in the course of their business or employment may not use that pesticide or give instruction to others on their use unless they have received adequate instruction, training and guidance in their correct use.

In addition users of pesticides must hold a Certificate of Competence if using a pesticide if they:

  • Were born after 31 December 1964; or
  • Are providing a commercial service e.g. contactors or anyone spraying on land that is not his or his employers.

Anyone who is required to hold a Certificate of Competence can only use pesticides without a Certificate if they are supervised by someone who does hold a certificate.

Obtaining a Certificate of Competence is the best way of demonstrating that you are trained to use specific types of equipment, even if under the legislation you are not required to have one.

 

 

Please note: ‘After 26 November 2015, those who previously relied on ‘grandfather rights’ must hold a certificate of competence’

Anyone who is required to hold a Certificate of Competence can only use pesticides without a Certificate if they are supervised by someone who does hold a certificate.

Obtaining a Certificate of Competence is the best way of demonstrating that you are trained to use specific types of equipment, even if under current legislation you are not required to have one.

 

 

TRAINING COURSE DETAILS

 

PA1, Safe Use of Pesticides is the Foundation Module and is a condition entry before progressing to nay other module. It is classroom based and covers Legislation, Product labels, Personal Safety, Storage, Disposals, Contamination, record keeping and Environmental Factors.

 

PA2, Ground crop Sprayer module is intended for anyone who intends to apply Pesticides using a tractor mounted sprayer. It covers Legislation, Health & Safety, Personal protective Clothing Issues, Layout of Machine and Liquid Flow, Daily maintenance and cleaning, Calibration of Machine and Field operating techniques.

 

PA4S, Pesticide Slug Pellet Applicator module is intended for anyone who intends to use a Slug Pellet Applicator.

 

PA6, Hand-held Applicators is for anyone who intends to apply Pesticides with a knapsack or other hand help operated sprayer. It involves classroom and practical work covering preparation of the sprayer, operating the sprayer, calibrating the sprayer, daily maintenance & cleaning.

 

 

Each module consists of a one day training course with the assessments then taking place on a separate day as soon as we have an assessor available.