“a substance used for destroying insects or other organisms harmful to cultivated plants or to animals”.
The Biocidal Products Regulations & the Food & Environment Protection Act 1985 (FEPA) is the relevant UK legislation for use of biocides (e.g. rodenticides, disinfectants, wood preservatives etc.). Part III of the Food and Environment Protection Act (FEPA) 1985 also applies to the storage of pesticides.
As certain Pesticides may be harmful substances under the CoSHH regulations these must be stored in a specially constructed Pesticide cabinet.
Only pesticides approved for use in the UK and display HSE, MAFF or MAPP approval numbers on the product label should be used.
Storing and transporting pesticides
Store all pesticides in their original containers and never decant into drinks bottles or similar items. Always ensure that original product labels are attached to the containers.
The HSE guide to Farmers for the storage of pesticides set out the following requirements for storage:
- Secured against unauthorized access, our Pesticide Cabinets have three-point locking.
- Constructed of non-combustible material, our Pesticide Cabinets are made of steel.
- Designed to contain spillage, our Pesticide Cabinets have fully welded sumps.
Regularly check the contents of the Pesticide Cabinet for damage or leaks. Should a container be damaged and leak do not remove it from the store but transfer the contents into a sound container and ensure any original labels are transferred over too.
Ensure that the Pesticide Cabinet(s) is(are) locked after use.
Supervise Pesticide deliveries and ensure that these are stored in the Pesticide Cabinet.
Never transport Pesticides in a tractor cab or vehicle. Instead transport in an open bodies vehicle or trailer or in the rear of a vehicle with a fully enclosed bulkhead.
Ensure the vehicle is locked when you are not with it to prevent theft.
Wear PPE when handling Pesticides and do not eat or drink whilst carrying out any process involving pesticides.