Spraying OSR

The application of agrochemicals by modern crop sprayers involves sophisticated technologies applied by skilled operators.

This page connects organisations, initiatives and resources relevant to the application of pesticides and the operation of modern equipment.

The application of pesticides can only be undertaken by people qualified with a Certificate of Competence as set out by Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) under Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986.  Operators must first acquire PA1 Certificate in the Principles of the Safe Handling & Application of Pesticides before gaining PA2 Certificate for vehicular application by boom sprayer, awarded by City & Guilds NPTC or Lantra.

Sprayer operators are expected to engage with Continued Professional Development through the National Register of Sprayer Operators (NRoSO), a scheme set up by the Voluntary Initiative and required by farm assurance schemes. 

There is a successful Facebook Group for Farm Sprayer Operators with over 4500 members where tips are shared.

Syngenta runs an annual competition for Farm Sprayer Operator Of The Year (FSOOTY).

  

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Integrated Pest Management highlights the growth of a healthy crop with the least possible disruption to agro-ecosystems and encourages natural pest control mechanisms. IPM is one of the tools for low-pesticide-input pest management, and IPM must now be implemented by all professional agchem users.

With the high number of vehicles and machinery and potential for falling from heights, we all understand that farming is a hazardous occupation. It represents just under 2% of the workforce in Great Britain but accounts for around 19% of the reported fatal injuries each year. 

Connect here with important providers of education and skills for UK agriculture.   BASIS offers a range of training courses for advisers, farmers and land managers at all levels, from agronomy and nutrition to soil, water and biodiversity.  To find out more, please visit: https://basis-reg.co.uk/training or contact your local BASIS Approved Training provider.

Professional development is an important part of a career journey - an opportunity for continuous learning, a way to stay up-to-date and to demonstrate relevance and expertise. Professional development activities can be completed in a number of different ways, from attending a training course, an event or a meeting to taking part in a webinar, listening to a podcast, reading an industry magazine or being a professional member of an organisation. Those on the BASIS Professional Register, FACTS Qualifed Advisers, RoSA sheep advisers and those on the Environmental Advisers Register are all required to collect a certain number of CPD (continuous professional development) points on an annual basis to demonstrate their commitment to enhancing knowledge and skills.  For more information, please visit: https://basis-reg.co.uk/schemes.

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The Voluntary Initiative is an industry led programme to promote the responsible use of plant protection products (PPP's) through schemes, tools and messages advocating an IPM-based approach to sustainable agriculture.

There has been a spate of reported sprayer problems from applications of T2 sprays with new fungi

Enviresearch exists to provide the best regulatory and risk assessment service in Europe for the global chemical industry.

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Silsoe Spray Application Unit is an experienced internationally recognised facility for research, development and bespoke testing, relating to the characterisation of sprays and spray behaviour, with particular expertise in the application of agricultural pesticides.

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