Farm Guide VIC : 2010 - 2011
63 Farm Safety Agricultural and veterinary chemical use in Victoria Victoria is Australia's largest food and fibre exporting state and has a reputation for delivering premium produce, giving our producers a n outstanding market edge. Responsible agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemical use is a key factor in Victoria's ability to deliver high quality produce that is free from unacceptable chemical residues. To ensure Victoria continues to uphold its successful reputation, it is essential that producers continue to use chemicals safely and, as legally required. The Department of Prima ry Industries (DPI) Chemical Standards Branch administers the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1992 and associated regulations that control agvet chemical use as well as the manufacture and use of fertilisers and stock foods in Victoria. Some of the applicable r ules are outlined below. Record Keeping 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 Prescription Animal Remedy or any animal health product with an applicable withholding period (WHP). Records must be made within 48 hours of using agvet chemicals, and kept for a period of two years. Follow Label Directions Labels are an important source of information on the safe and effective use of a product. It is essential that chemical users read and understand the chemical label before using it to ensure correct product use. 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 Australian ma rket. '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 for mulations 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 Per mit (ACUP) or works under the direct super vision 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 Ser vices (DHS) • the user operates under an accredited quality assurance program (e.g. Freshcare or Graincare) that is independently audited at regular inter vals of less than two years.
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