Garden retail staff offered e-learning on safe use of plant protection products

A new online tool has been launched by the Crop Protection Association (CPA) and the HTA to provide training for garden retail staff on the safe use of garden plant protection products.

The one hour long, e-learning course is designed to increase the knowledge of garden retail staff when selling garden care chemicals and could help ensure that businesses comply with new legislation under the Sustainable Use Directive (SUD).
The legislation, which comes into force on 26 November 2015, requires that garden retailers selling garden plant protection products have a sufficient number of trained and certified staff available at the time of sale to provide advice to customers on use, storage and disposal.
CPA garden group chair Gary Philpotts said: "This interactive course is an excellent way for garden retailers to ensure they meet the requirements of the SUD legislation and improve the service they offer to customers. After completing the course, garden retail staff will have excellent foundation knowledge that enables them to give confident, clear and accurate advice about how, where and when to use products and how to dispose of them safely."
HTA chief executive Carol Paris said: "This new e-learning course, whilst developed in order to meet legislative requirements, presents an invaluable opportunity for all garden retailers to ensure that their staff have a good understanding of garden plant protection products and are able to deliver sound and informed advice to customers."
This course which has been formally recognised by the Health and Safety Executive, costs £10 plus VAT per delegate, subsidised by CPA member companies.  For more details go to

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