Garden retailer E-course gears up for new chemical use rule

The Crop Protection Association (CPA) is developing a certificated e-learning course to meet new statutory training requirements for retailers of gardencare products.

The Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012, published on 18 July, requires retailers to ensure sufficient certificated staff are available to provide basic information to customers on the safe and effective use and disposal of garden care chemicals. Effective from 26 November 2015, this applies to both in-store and internet-based sales.

CPA garden group coordinator David Evans said: "These new rules will ensure that retail staff are properly trained to provide the basic information required."

The new legislation states that the information can be provided face to face or by telephone by a certificated member of staff. The new certificate will require candidates to understand basic information on the safe and effective use and disposal of garden-care chemicals.

The new training and certification requirement does not apply to a micro-distributor, defined as having an annual turnover not exceeding EUR2m, with fewer than 10 employees, and only selling non-professional products.


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