06/28/2006

Pesticides and biocides

Netregs, guiding small businesses through environmental regulations has
published a revised Management Guideline provides guidance on pest control
products including fungicides; insecticides; herbicides; plant growth
regulators; rodenticides; animal and bird repellents; wood and masonry
preservatives; disinfectants; and anti-fouling products.

Pesticides and biocidal products are collectively known as 'pest control
products'. Pest control products include:

  • fungicides;
  • insecticides;
  • herbicides;
  • plant growth regulators;
  • rodenticides (rat and mouse poisons);
  • animal and bird repellents;
  • wood and masonry preservatives;
  • disinfectants; and
  • anti-fouling products.

Pest control products are potentially highly polluting to the water
environment. If they are allowed to enter surface waters or groundwater, even
in very small amounts, they can have devastating effects.

What do users need to do?

Storing pest control products for use

Keep pest control products in a dedicated store of an appropriate size and
design, sited so that any spill or leak cannot escape to pollute groundwater or
surface waters. All stores should be able to retain leakage or spillage up to
110% of the volume in the store (or 185% in sensitive areas such as a
groundwater protection zone or upstream of a water supply catchment) by using a
secondary containment system such as a bund.

Spillages should be contained and your Environmental Regulator informed as soon
as possible. If a spillage enters the sewer your Statutory Sewerage Undertaker
(the owner of the sewers in your area) should be informed immediately.



Using pest control products

Before you use a pest control product, you must ensure that it has appropriate
authorisation from the registration authority. Use the product in accordance
with the label instructions and follow the principles of integrated pest
control. Integrated pest control involves using techniques that minimise the
use of pest control products including biological and cultural control methods,
and using disease resistant varieties.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Netregs