Local authorities advised on legal pesticide requirement

A Health & Safety Executive (HSE) letter to local authorities has highlighted the legal requirement to target pesticide application.

The letter from the Chemicals Regulation Directorate division of the HSE emphasises the responsibilities of local authorities whether they use their own staff or external contractors to carry out weed-control operations.

It details the requirement to ensure pesticide use is carried out in accordance with legislation and best practice. It also outlines key elements of the Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012, including:

- Taking all reasonable precautions to protect human health and the environment.

- Targeting application by confining treatment to the intended area.

- Ensuring that when used in public spaces, the amount of pesticide and frequency of use is as low as reasonably practicable.

- Avoiding water pollution through appropriate use, storage and handling of the pesticides.

The Amenity Forum conference, to be held at Leicester City FC on 17 October, will cover all these issues.

Nomix Enviro managing director Mark Phillips said: "It is critical that the amenity sector continues to strive to improve standards in the safe use of pesticides, to protect both human health and the environment, particularly water quality."

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