Award in Safe Use of Aluminium Phosphides for Vertebrate Pest Control

City and Guilds / NPTC Level 2

(Rabbits, Rats and Moles)

Safe use of phostoxin or talunex

After the 26th November 2015 it became a requirement of the Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012, to hold an approved certificate of training before using products such as Talunex or Phostoxin to control rabbits, rats and moles in their burrows.

Even if you have had previous training with metallic phosphides, unfortunately only the new Level 2 Award will be recognised after this date. For this reason most distributors will ask to see evidence of training to support the drive for better stewardship. Many, in fact, are already doing so.

So if you wish to continue using this product, training and achieving a recognised qualification is the only way forward.

Award in Safe Use of Aluminium Phosphides for Vertebrate Pest Control Rabbits, Rats and Mice City & Guilds NPTC Level 2.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course you should be able to:
1) Understand and comply with the legislative; safety requirements and codes of practice.
2) Understand the relevance of product label information.
3) Understand how to store and transport Aluminium Phosphides safely.
4) Understand how to manage, dispose and keep records of Aluminium Phosphides.
5) Be able to assess the environmental factors relating to application.
6) Be able to operate Aluminium Phosphide application equipment safely.

7th February 2020

22nd April 2020

15th June 2020

Please note that the assessments are to be confirmed and you will be emailed with a date once the assessment has been scheduled.

We do try to ensure that the assessment is consecutive but cannot guarantee this.

Training fee £110 +VAT = £132 per person.

Assessment plus City and Guilds registration £120 per person (no VAT).

Total £252 per person.

All fees are payable upon booking.

You will require:
1) Hooded coveralls
2) Gauntlet nitrile rubber gloves no flocking
3) Wellies
4) A full face respirator (if you have one)
We will provide specific equipment for the training and assessment

One day training.

2 hours approximately for the assessment (on a second day).

Please note that the assessments are to be confirmed and you will be emailed with a date once the assessment has been scheduled.

We do try to ensure that the assessment is consecutive but cannot guarantee this.

Award in the Safe Use of Aluminium Phosphide in Vertebrate Pest Control City & Guilds NPTC Level 2.

Do you need a refresher? HSE advises that you complete a refresher every 5 years, although some insurance companies state every 3 years. We can help. We tend to run the refresher courses along side the initial training.

Equally if you have a group of people we can put a date together just for you.

Safe Use of Aluminium Phosphides for Vertebrate Pest Control – one day refresher £100 +VAT = £120 per person.

You will receive a Lowe Maintenance Certificate of Completion.

What is aluminium phosphide?

Aluminium phosphide is an extremely toxic product and the phosphine gas released is lethal. It is derived from the mustard gas used in WW1, it is designed to kill thus a great deal of respect is required when using the product.

What can be controlled with aluminium phosphides?

Safe use of aluminium phosphides for vertebrate pest control is for the control of rabbits, rats and moles only. It can’t be legally used on any other species.

How dangerous is aluminium phosphides?

It is extremely dangerous and if mis-used has the potential to kill any living creature. There are only two products available Phostoxin and Talunex and these can only be bought if you have a ticket.

Do I need a ticket to use Phostoxin and Talunex?

Yes, in order to buy Phostoxin of Talunex the end user must have a relevant ticket which classes them as a professional user.

Where can I use aluminium phosphides?

In the runs, tunnels and burrowing systems of rats, rabbits and moles. You can’t use the products within 10m of a building or water course.

Can I use a few and put the rest back in storage?

No, this is not safe to do. As soon as the container is opened the gas becomes liberated and continues to do so until the tablets have dissolved. By putting the lid back on you are increasing the risk of contamination for yourself and others but also of the container sparking and igniting.

You should use all the tablets in the container in one application.

Why do they smell of garlic?

As phosphine gas has no smell, the tablets have been injected with the smell of garlic to act as a warning sign. If you can smell garlic leave the area immediately and don RPE and PPE to investigate further.

What type of respirator should I wear?

A full-face respirator with relevant cartridges P3 for particulates and B2 for gas.

A face fit test should have been carried out, and if you have facial hair and glasses you may need to use an approved powered hood system.

Will a dust mask do?

No, this offers you no protection.

It must be a full-face respirator with relevant cartridges, the full-face element is really important the half-face option will not protect your eyes from the gas that could blind you.

Why do I need to use an applicator?

The applicator is an engineering control, designed to keep the product as far away from you as possible during the application.

How long does my ticket last?

Once achieved, your City and Guilds ticket will last a lifetime.

Should I do aluminium phosphides refreshers?

The HSE advise that refreshers are taken every 5 years, it is entirely up to you. However, things do change, and this would ensure you are up to date with current practices, latest up date is to do with monitoring gas levels and exposure and the equipment to do this.

Can’t I just use traditional methods of control?

Yes, many people have decided to not get the ticket and go back to traditional methods of shooting, lamping, trapping, dogs, cats etc.

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