Farm Guide VIC : 2008 - 2009
Agricultural and veterinary 81 Farm Safety chemical use in Victoria Victoria’s global reputation as a supplier of clean, green and safe produce derived from responsible agricultural and horticultural systems has earned our producers an outstanding market edge. Responsible chemical use is vital in ensuring the continued high demand for our premium quality food, which is free from unacceptable chemical residues. The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Chemical Standards Branch administers the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1992 and associated Regulations, which control the use of agricultural and veterinary chemical products in Victoria. Some of the applicable rules are outlined below. Record keeping The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Regulations 2007 took effect on 24 July 2007, and brought about significant changes to chemical use record keeping requirements. Agricultural Chemicals: Chemical users must now make and keep prescribed records for all agricultural chemical products used. Veterinary Chemicals: New record keeping requirements apply to individuals who treat stock animals (i.e. animals used as, or to produce food for humans) using a veterinary chemical product that is classified as a Schedule 4 Poison or which has a withholding period. Records must be made within 48 hours of using an agricultural or veterinary chemical product, and kept for a period of two years. For information on the new record keeping requirements, including exemptions, contact the DPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186 or visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/chemicalstandards Follow label directions Before using any chemical product, users should read and familiarise themselves with the product label and follow the directions for use. DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRIES Using Agricultural or Veterinary Chemicals - are you keeping the right records? Department of Primary Industries (DPI) would like to advise chemical users that record keeping requirements have changed. New records must be made and kept for all agricultural chemicals used in Victoria. New record keeping requirements apply to individuals who treat stock animals using a veterinary chemical product that is classified as a Schedule 4 Poison or which has a withholding period. For information, contact the DPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186 or visit our website at www.dpi.vic.gov.au/chemicalstandards. department of primary industries Using a chemical product according to the label provides protection to the user and ensures that treated produce will not contain unacceptable residues for the domestic market. ‘Restricted use’ chemicals In Victoria, certain types of agricultural chemicals are classified as ‘restricted use’ chemicals. These chemicals are restricted because they present a higher risk to users, the environment and other crops. ‘Restricted use’ chemicals are agricultural chemicals that: • are Schedule 7 Poisons (Dangerous Poisons); or • contain atrazine, metham sodium or ester formulations of MCPA, 2,4-D, 2,4-DB or triclopyr. ‘Restricted use’ chemicals must only be used according to label directions. To legally use ‘restricted use’ chemicals in Victoria, the user must be authorised under one of the following: • the user holds a valid Agricultural Chemical User Permit (ACUP) or works under the direct supervision of an ACUP holder • the user holds a valid Commercial Operator Licence or Pilot Chemical Rating Licence issued by DPI, or a Pest Control Operators Licence issued by the Department of Human Services (DHS) • the user operates under an accredited quality assurance program (eg. Freshcare or Graincare) that is independently audited at regular intervals of less than two years. Off-label use Off-label use refers to situations when a chemical is used in a manner that is not specified on the chemical’s product label. Some categories of off-label use are restricted nationally, including when a chemical product is used at a higher rate or more frequently than is stated on the label, or contrary to any “DO NOT …” statements listed on the label.
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