NSTS crop sprayer testing
UK regulation requires that all pesticide application equipment inuse is tested by 26th November 2016.
These measures are legal requirements.Non-compliance could lead to prosecution and threaten your farm assurance status and single farm payment. NB. Many farm assurance schemes require annual testing.
Why do you have to do this?
All EU countries are implementing the Sustainable Use Directive (SUD)*. The Directive sets minimum standards for the safe use of professional plant protection products (pesticides). Due to existing VI schemes: the National Sprayer Testing Scheme (NSTS), Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plans and National Register of Sprayer Operators (NRoSO),many farmers and growers are meeting most of the requirements of the Directive.However, those not currently having all their sprayers, granular applicators, slug pelleters and other pesticide application equipment in use tested or checked, will now need to do so.
What equipment is exempt from testing?
Knapsacks, hand held and pedestrian controlled machines do not require a formal test, however, they should be checked on a regular basis, against a checklist with a record kept.
Equipment to be tested by this date includes:
All boom sprayers over 3m in width,air blast sprayers, train sprayers and equipment mounted on aircraft. mBoom sprayers of 3m or less. mOther forms of pesticide application equipment including, slug pellet applicators, micro-granular applicators, weed wipers, fogging, misting and smoking equipment, seed treatment equipment, sub-surface liquid applicators and other forms of specialist application equipment.Equipment then requires further testing at regular intervals New equipment has until its fifth anniversary to be tested for the first time.Knapsacks, hand-held and pedestrian controlled equipment DO NOT need to be formally tested but need to be regularly inspected.The UKs only recognised testing scheme is the National Sprayer Testing Scheme.
Why does this matter?
A well maintained and regularly tested machine helps to ensure pesticide operations are safe for the operator and environment, ensuring efficient and accurate on target application.
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