The recent snow has left land in very wet conditions. Therefore, now might be the time to catch up on some housekeeping and the chemical store is a good place to start.
All products in your chemical store must be recorded. A record sheet is available on the pesticide control service’s section of the department’s website. All documentation for cross compliance records can be found there.
- The name of the product;
- The PCS (pesticide control service) number of the product;
- The size of the product container;
- All products received, used or returned should be recorded;
- The product register should be updated as products are used.
Only products with a valid PCS number should be in the chemical store. PCS numbers change regularly as products are re-registered.
It is important to use older products first, so that products with an older PCS number are not left in the chemical store.
Old or expired products
Any old, unused or out-of-date products should be disposed of correctly. Products can be brought to a farm hazardous waste collection.
In the case of a cross compliance inspection, the chemical register may be checked. The register should match the crop protection records and dockets for chemicals in and out of the farm.
- The chemical store should be locked;
- ‘Chemical Store’ should be labelled clearly on the door with a warning sign;
- Stores should be built in a way that spills or leaks cannot leave the store;
- Stores should also have a spill kit in case any chemical spills occur;
- There should be appropriate ventilation in walk-in stores;
- Shelving should be made from non-absorbent material;
- Powders should be kept above or away from liquids;
- The store should have appropriate lighting.