The importance of well-maintained and carefully calibrated spraying equipment is being emphasised in a new campaign by the Amenity Forum.
Launched at IOG SALTEX 2008, 'Check Your Sprayer' is aimed at everyone in the amenity sector whose job involves the spraying of pesticides.
The Amenity Forum has received sponsorship from Scotts to produce a leaflet, sticker and dedicated web site to assist managers and operators in this key component of 'Best Practice'.
The leaflet and web site contain essential information to assist users comply with the Code of Practice including when equipment should be checked, who should check it, what training is required and what to record.
The Knapsack Operator Checklist stickers can be affixed to their sprayer where they will serve as a reminder to check the equipment each and every time it is used.
More comprehensive information is available at www.checkyoursprayer.co.uk
Jon Allbutt, Chairman of the Amenity Forum said: "We have a collective responsibility to ensure that spraying equipment used in the amenity sector is regularly maintained and calibrated to ensure that pesticide use is efficient, safe and has minimal impact on the environment. We would urge anyone involved with spraying to refer to and follow these Guidance Notes".
Richard Walton of Scotts added: "The 'Check Your Sprayer' material provides a simple, clear checklist for everyone to follow. As advocates of the responsible use of pesticides and a proactive member of the Amenity Forum, we're proud to sponsor such an important industry campaign".