Best Practice Guidance – The “10 Golden Rules”

GOLDEN RULE 1: Get trained

Get trained and keep updated.


Education, Training and Skills. AFGD1.1

GOLDEN RULE 2: Carefully Plan

Carefully plan pest, weed and disease control strategies.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Keeping Records AFGD10.1