The National Sprayer Testing Scheme

This information coincides with our PA1 & PA2 courses, and is taken from issue 12 of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development information bulletin “Helping you Comply” Autumn 2014.p2

From 26 November 2016, certain types of Plant Protection Product (PPP) application equipment (boom sprayers greater than 3m, air assisted broadcast sprayers and sprayers attached to aircraft) that are more than five years old must have a certificate showing that they have passed an independent inspection before they can be used. These types of equipment must be inspected at least once by 2016 and then at intervals of no more than 5 years between 2016 and 2020, and at intervals of no more than 3 years after 2020.

All other PPP application equipment (Foggers, Misters, Batch dippers and Applicators for granular pesticides) in use, must be inspected once by 26 November 2016 (unless it is less than five years old on that date) and at intervals of no more than 6 years thereafter.

New PPP equipment that is less than five years old must be inspected within 5 years of the date of purchase.

The requirement for independent inspection does not apply to handheld equipment and knapsack sprayers. However this equipment should be regularly checked and maintained to ensure that all hoses and nozzles do not leak or allow drips.

The Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) currently runs the National Sprayer Testing Scheme (NSTS). This association has been designated as a body responsible for implementing the inspection systems for PPP application equipment.

 

 

 

 


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