The Groundsman

May 2014

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TECHNICAL UPDATE 21 the Groundsman May 2014 Visit for more information and digital editions 5. Maintain application equipment. A much wider range of application equipment will need to be regularly tested from 2015, in fact any that requires the operator to be mounted on the machine. Currently far too few sprayers are tested in amenity; something that will need to change. In any case, regular inspection and testing means more effective and efficient spraying. 6. Minimise use. Using the minimum amount of product necessary to control pests, weeds and diseases makes economic sense. It is also a legal requirement in a number of listed areas frequented by the public. Application on hard surfaces must be targeted 7. Protect workers and the public. It is a legal requirement to ensure that all reasonable precautions are taken to protect human health when advising on, storing, handling and/or using pesticides. For example, employees must wear suitable protective equipment, may need their health monitoring and product should not drift onto neighbouring properties. 8. Protect water. It is a legal requirement to ensure that all reasonable precautions are taken to protect the environment when storing, handling and/or using pesticides. Particular care should be taken to avoid pollution of water. Users should determine whether they are in areas such as safeguard zones or drinking water protected areas. You should also take account of weather conditions and surface type. Are you applying to a hard or permeable (soil/grass) surface? Are you taking account of the topography? All such factors are crucial in assessing risks and, if challenged, operators must be able to demonstrate that they have been fully addressed. 9. Check the guidance. Government and industry bodies provide advice and a key source is the Amenity Forum. However there is also a range of advice available in person and BASIS can provide information on availability of suitably qualified and trained staff. 10. Keep records. It is a legal requirement for distributors and users to keep records of pesticide sales and use. Clear and accurate records play an important role on helping to assess the effectiveness of pesticide applications. Demonstrating best practice Recent changes in legislation and other challenges are highlighting even further the need for very best practice and it is recommended that, at every level, all operate at a standard equivalent to that required to become Amenity Assured and that specifiers seek out those who can deliver to such standards. It demonstrates commitment to best practice in the same way as being able to show membership of the Amenity Forum and for what it stands. If we all operate to the Golden Rules, we can demonstrate a responsible sector and who knows, create opportunity out of the change. l The Amenity Forum The Amenity Forum is the voluntary initiative for the sector. It is funded by member organisations including manufacturers, distributors, contractors, trade associations, local authorities and more. These bodies are demonstrating their commitment to best practice and the Forum continues to expand on this, aiming to engage everyone to further increase its influence and fully represent the sector's interests in this important area. The Forum's annual conference – this year entitled 'Staying in Control' - will be held on 16 October at Leicester City Football Club. It will have excellent speakers covering the hot topics, and an accompanying exhibition area with a wide range of stands offering information and advice. Contact for further information, and visit for details about the Forum, its objectives, activities and the wide range of guidance notes produced. Proper training is vital Drive up standards for weed, pest and disease control by following the Amenity Forum's golden rules

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