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Spraying - how will the loss of grandfather rights affect you?

Spraying- How will the loss of Grandfather Rights affect you this year?

Promoting Responsible Pesticide Use


There is a current exemption in UK legislation governing the application of pesticides or Plant Protection Products (PPP’s), which is commonly known as “Grandfather Rights”. This exemption allows anyone born before 31st December 1964, to use PPPs (Plant Protection Product) authorised for professional use, on crops, land, produce, materials and buildings which are owned, occupied or rented by them or their employer, without having to hold a Specified Certificate. However, this exemption expires on 26th November 2015 meaning everyone who uses a plant protection product authorised for professional use must have a Specified Certificate.
Once the Grandfather Rights exemption has come to an end it will not be possible to purchase PPP’s without a Specified Certificate. It will also be illegal to apply PPP’s to your own or anyone else’s land (even where permission has been granted) if you do not have the correct Specified Certificate. Everyone will need to be certified, so make sure you don’t leave it until the last minute and get your courses booked up as soon as possible.

The Voluntary Initiative

A wealth of information is available on the Voluntary Initiative (Promoting Responsible Pesticide Use) website including topics such as the ‘Grassland Survey Report’, ‘Grandfather Certificate FAQs’ and ‘Knapsack Sprayers - do’s and don’ts’.
The Voluntary Initiative is continuing a two year rolling programme of work promoting responsible pesticide use.


Training For Skills

Farming is a notoriously hazardous occupation. The industry represents approximately 1.8% of the workforce in Great Britain but accounts for about 19% of the reported fatal injuries each year. The four most common types of accident on farms involve vehicles and machinery, falls from heights, lifting and handling and hazardous substances.
Training courses are now a necessary part of the everyday running of your business. It is a legal requirement for you and your employees to have training in how to operate equipment safely, the use of personal protective equipment and the procedures required to work safely. Recognised standards of formal training are normally required for using chainsaws, tree work, applying pesticides, riding all-terrain vehicles, operating fork lift trucks, telescopic materials handlers, sheep dipping and first aid.

You must ensure that you comply with all regulations and it is therefore, vital that all necessary training is in place.

We offer Members special rates on a full range of South West based training courses. For further information on how we can help you to find the courses needed to operate safely and legally, call Mole Valley Plus today on 01769 576201

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Clare Beaumont, Mole Valley Plus.

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