Reducing the risk of injury to farmers and their employees from using agrochemicals is paramount. At the heart of the Health and Safety Executive’s regulatory update is reducing this risk. With almost one person a week being killed as a direct result of agricultural work in the last 10 years in the UK alone (1), help in reducing any contributory factors is very important.
The solution from Denny Bros, inventors of multi-page labels (Fix-a-Form), avoids any chance of losing or accidentally discarding a separate leaflet, which could have fatal consequences. Having clear, yet detailed, information attached directly onto the container is the best way of protecting personnel.
Wrongly used agrochemicals can have serious consequences on the health of the user, the public and the environment. Effective and clear agrochemical packaging and labelling plays a key role. They protect all stakeholders from unnecessary exposure and misuse.
Health and safety is a fundamental requirement of any sustainable farming business. It should be regarded as an essential part of farm business management. Labels must therefore be kept up to date with the latest regulatory changes. As part of the Voluntary Initiative, pesticide manufacturers have agreed to make sure label information is clear in order to reduce the opportunity for confusion.
Agrochemical providers must also produce a label which complies fully with the Classification, Labelling and Packaging regulation (CLP). The deadline for relabelling and repacking mixtures already on the shelves before June 2015 for CLP is June 2017.
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