ChemCERT helps farmers with chemical storage

HELP WITH BEST PRACTICE: A ChemCERT professional auditor will come to your council or workplace and conduct a comprehensive audit.
HELP WITH BEST PRACTICE: A ChemCERT professional auditor will come to your council or workplace and conduct a comprehensive audit.

Storage, transporting, usage and disposing of chemicals on rural lands are important considerations for farmers and producers.

ChemCERT is a non-for-profit organisation that has been helping farmers with chemical storage and disposal for the past 25 years.

"We believe Australia's lands, its agriculture and horticulture and those who manage them are our greatest resource," ChemCERT chief operating officer Emma Ryding said.

"Chemicals should never be allowed to harm our land or those who use them."

Staff at ChemCERT have developed an iChem audit to help councils and workplaces across the country to develop a chemical usage program and to review their use of Glyphosate.

"One of ChemCERT's professional auditors will come to your council or workplace and conduct a comprehensive audit and prepare a tailored report," Ms Ryding said.

"This will identify and prioritise opportunities to improve application of Glyphosate and other agricultural chemicals.

"The audit will ensure your workplace is compliant with current legislation, including (but not limited to) Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority and Environment Protection Authority standards.

Your iChemAUDIT will review your workplace's current practices and provide the following deliverables:

  • Recommendations for updated and improved safe work method statements;
  • Recommendations for updated and improved standard operating procedures;
  • Recommendations for updated and improved pesticide notification plan and weed management policy (if applicable) or other documentation requested by the client, and
  • Final audit and report

ChemCERT also offers the AQF3 Chemical Accreditation course, which focuses on upskilling chemical users on the industry's best practice methods and national standards.

Topics covered include safe transport and storage and risk assessments.

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