Guidance

Best Practice Guidance – The “10 Golden Rules”

GOLDEN RULE 1: Get trained

Get trained and keep updated.

Guidance:

Education, Training and Skills. AFGD1.1

GOLDEN RULE 2: Carefully Plan

Carefully plan pest, weed and disease control strategies.

Guidance:

Integrated control. AFGD2.1
Integrated control  for Transport. AFGD2.2
Integrated Turf Management. AFGD2.3
Specification for weed control contracts. AFGD2.4

GOLDEN RULE 3: Reputable Distributors

Only buy pesticides from reputable distributors.

Guidance:

Internet Selling. AFGD3.1
Counterfeit products. AFGD3.2

GOLDEN RULE 4: Store Pesticides Correctly

Use only authorised products and comply with the conditions specified on the product label.

Guidance:

Understanding product labels. AFGD4.1
Handling and Storage of Pesticides. AFGD4.2
Disposal of waste products/washings. AFGD4.3

GOLDEN RULE 5: Maintain Application Equipment

All application equipment should be regularly serviced and tested.

Guidance:

Check your sprayer.AFGD5.1
Equipment testing.AFGD5.2

GOLDEN RULE 6: Minimise Use

Users should make every effort to minimise the use of pesticides and use other methods for control, when available.

Guidance:

Spraying with quad bikes/compact tractors. AFGD6.1
Integrated vegetative management. AFGD6.2

Hard surface applications.AFGD6.3

GOLDEN RULE 7: Protect Workers and the Public

The law requires you to make every effort to avoid off target contamination.

Guidance:

Public areas. AFGD7.1
Guidance: Public notification.AFGD7.2

GOLDEN RULE 8: Water Protection

It is vital that pesticides are not allowed to contaminate water sources.

Guidance:

Water protection.AFGD8.1
Weed, pest and disease control near water. AFGD8.2

GOLDEN RULE 9: Check the Guidance

Make sure you know everything about the job before starting.

Guidance:

Japanese Knotweed Control. AFGD9.1
Giant Hogweed Control.AFGD9.2
Himalayan Balsam Control. AFGD9.3
The Weeds Act 1959 and Other Laws. AFGD9.4

GOLDEN RULE 10: Keep Records

It is vital that pesticides are not allowed to contaminate water sources.

Guidance:

Keeping Records AFGD10.1