Since January 1 2005 you need to comply with new controls under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act.
What should you do?
- You need to find out whether the pesticides you use require you to become an “approved handler”.
- The most hazardous pesticides will also be “tracked” which means they are subject to more rigorous control and you will nee to become an “approved handler” to obtain these.
- To find out if the pesticides you use require you to be an approved handler, see the ERMA New Zealand website.
When do I need to become an approved handler?
- After January 1 2005 you need a certificate to be an approved handler.
- These certificates are issued by test certifiers and last five years.
- If you have the necessary competence in handling pesticides under previous legislation then you can be deemed an approved handler for a two-year transition period from January 1, 2005.
- To obtain transitional handler status you need to complete a declaration form which can be downloaded from ERMA’s website.
- You will need to show this form to your supplier when you purchase any pesticide that requires an approved handler and tracking.
What if I have no experience?
- You will need to be a fully certified approved handler.
- You will need to contact a test certifier who can advise what is required.
- You must demonstrate to the test officer that you know about the pesticides you are dealing with, the equipment you are using, and that you understand the HSNO legislation.
- A register of test certifiers can be found on the ERMA website.
What records do I need to keep for tracked pesticides?
- Tracked pesticides need a record to be kept of what happens to them throughout their lifecycle.
- This is from point of import or manufacture in New Zealand through distribution to the point of uses or disposal.
- Tracking records must be readily available and understandable if an enforcement officer requests to see them and should include:
- A copy of the approved handler’s certificate held on file.
- The name of the pesticide used and the amount held.
- When and where the pesticide is used.
- Disposal records
Do I need to keep a spray diary?
Use of many pesticides may require you to keep records of their application – more commonly known as a “spray diary”.
Records must include:
- The name of the pesticide
- The date of application
- The time of application
- The amount applied
- Where it was applied
- The wind speed and direction (if applied in the air)
- The name and address of the user
- These records need to be kept for three years.
Where can I find more information?
- ERMA New Zealand website (www.ermanz.govt.nz)
- For publications phone ERMA on 0800-327-646
- A range of compliance guides is available for arable farmers, dairy farmers, fruit growers, sheep and beef farmers, turf managers and vegetable growers.
- Quick guides are available on approved handlers, location certificates and emergency management.
For pesticide information phone ERMA on 0800-376-234.