Safe Use of Ecoplugs
The PA6pp Ecoplugs course is ideal for those who need to control re-growth from felled tree stumps. If you have found your way here you have discovered that you need a different qualification to carry out Ecoplug treatments! The PA6pp Ecoplugs application unit will only enable you to carry out an application of Ecoplugs, not other handheld application methods.
And yes, before you ask there is a separate qualification for drilling holes in a tree stump and knocking the Ecoplug in with a hammer. Because you are handling a pesticide at the end of the day, therefore it should be done professionally.
Before being able to move onto an application unit such as the PA6pp Ecoplugs. You must firstly have completed and passed the PA1 Handling and Application of Pesticides.
PA6pp Ecoplugs course runs over two half-days. Session one is a few hours session via a zoom call covering the theory such as:
- Ecoplugs, what are they?
- tree species and grouping for an application
- environmental risk assessments
- working out how many Ecoplugs are needed
- importance of tree identification
Session two again a few hours session, however this time a face to face practical session:
- equipment pre-use checks
- complete an environmental risk assessment
- identify the tree species
- calibration of your tree stump
- measuring and accurate position of Ecoplugs
- carry out a dummy application
- completing application records
- dealing with waste
Many of you are already actively using pesticides. But did you know that if you are carrying out PA6pp Ecoplugs that you will most likely need a different qualification? There are exceptions you can ask us about.
Protecting the environments in which we work is extremely important. Consequently, you have a responsibility to work to industry best practice and apply the pesticide products safely and legally.
You will be learning about:
- all those points listed above
- your legal responsibilities when using these products
- how to work to industry best practice
- the correct PPE to wear to keep you safe
- that the correct application can save you money in the future!
Our PA6pp Ecoplug course, session one has now gone online. But do not worry we will talk you through everything you need to do. It is a simple and straightforward way to carry out the first part of your PA6pp course.
It saves you:
- travelling time
- fuel costs
- an early start if you are not local to the area
Once you have booked onto the course we will send you full course joining instructions. That will contain a zoom link. As a result, you can learn everything you need via the conference type call with the trainer in front of you. We will post out all the workbooks and documentation to you in advance of the course. So you can work through the pack step by step with the trainer, it is as simple as 1,2,3 honestly!
All done from the comfort of your own home or workplace – how amazing is that!
Remember before being able to move onto an application unit such as the PA6pp Ecoplugs. You must have completed and passed the PA1 Handling and Application of Pesticides.
As a result, the safe use of pesticides is not just about the buying of the products you use. Such as herbicides (weed killers). It is about the safe application of these products. To protect not only you but the environment in which you work. In particular to or near watercourses including dry ditches.
Many of you are already actively using pesticides in controlling weeds and pests. However, you may have discovered that as a professional operator you need a certificate of competence. To enable you to carry on doing so.
You may have been asked by:
- your farm assurance body or an environmental body
- your employer
- or a new contract opportunity to demonstrate competence through certification
You could be new to the job or been doing it for over 40 years and things have changed. If so and you are faced with having to gain your spraying qualifications have you been:
- struggling to find the right fit in terms of a training provider?
- confused by all the names, numbers and acronyms for the land based courses that are available to you?
- worried you will get it wrong or waste your hard-earned money?
- concerned that it will feel like going back to school?
- looking to gain a qualification to continue with jobs because legislation has changed?
- offered a new and exciting contract, but need another ticket/qualification to seal the deal?
Then we can help you!
No matter which sector you are coming from, and the level of experience. We can work with you to understand your training needs. To tailor a programme and provide courses that will be suitable for you.
Providing award-winning training through tailored, flexible, friendly, approachable trainers and assessors.
All courses are run with small groups. To ensure you have as much time as needed to learn and experience the requirements for the assessments. If you chose to take them. Trainers and assessors are experienced, friendly, and approachable.
Finally, as with all Lowe Maintenance courses, you get support and advice via email or on the phone. If you need it in the future. Just because you’ve completed the course doesn’t mean you can’t get in touch if you need more information or guidance.
Other of interest to you
You will require:
- Reading glasses (if applicable)
- A laptop with webcam (a tablet is the minimum size requirement)
- A spray suit/coverall type 5 and 6 (we recommend buying the next size up as they can be quite a small fit)
- Nitrile gloves, 5mm thick, 300mm long with no lining or flocking
- A pair of wellies (as they are easy to decontaminate)
- A full length face shield for when your measuring out concentrate products
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 courses when the PA6pp Ecoplugs course is running. You just don’t resit the City and Guilds assessment at the end of the day – unless you want to!
Equally if you have a group of people we can put a date together just for you.
Safe Application of Pesticides Using Ecoplugs – one day refresher £100 +VAT = £120 per person
You will receive a Lowe Maintenance Certificate of Completion.
If you passed your PA6a between June 1994 and January 2015 you are covered for all elements of PA6a apart from PA6aw which has always been a separate unit. As a result you would not have to do Ecoplugs as a separate unit unless you want a definite certificate of proof.
If you completed PA6a from February 2015 onward, then you most certainly would need to complete PA6pp Ecoplugs as a separate unit
My maths is shocking, and I can do the calibrations. You are able to use a calculator and the calibration sheet is a set of boxes, as long as you take your time and practice on the spare sheets we give you, I’m sure you’ll be just fine.
No, you don’t need a ticket to buy pesticides, although you are breaking the law when you apply the products without a relevant application method.
If you did the City and Guilds tickets and you still have your certificates, then yes, they certainly do still stand.
If you did the Agricultural Training Board (ATB) route and you didn’t up grade them to City and Guilds when requested, then unfortunately it is unlikely that you still have the qualification
Although the label on the box has very little information as to the PPE required. As a professional you should always refer to industry best practice. So yes, you certainly should be wearing PPE. Therefore you will need coveralls, gloves and wellies as a minimum. Additional PPE may be required as per your risk assessment e.g. hard hat
If you think you did your tickets and have lost them, we can check with our assessment centre to see if you are on the system. Please email us with your name, date of birth and address of the place you lived and when you did the courses.
HSE advise that refreshers are taken every 5 years, however that is entirely up to you. It is recommended because things have changed quite a lot in the last thirty years and if you had an incident one of the first questions you are likely to be asked is when were you last refreshed?
Pesticides is the umbrella term for:
- herbicides (weed killers)
- insecticide (insects)
- fungicides (fungi)
- molluscicides (slugs and snails)
- vertebrate control agents (not rodenticides)
- wood preservatives
- growth regulators
So, if you use any of these as a professional you require the relevant tickets
No, we can provide all the application equipment at no extra cost. That way we know all the equipment isn’t contaminated in case someone has a reaction to a product that was used if you bought your own kit.
In 2015 the law changed, as a result anyone who uses pesticides as a professional must have certificates of competence for the application method they are using.
There is no such thing as grandfather rights to apply pesticides. There is a grandfather right version of the qualification, if you were born before 1964 you could have choosen to do this qualification. It only enables you to apply pesticides on your land though, nowhere else. However it is no longer available it was only open for a certain length of time
The PA1 foundation unit does not allow you to apply the pesticides and this is clearly stated on the certificate you receive. As a result, in order to legally apply the pesticides, you need the relevant application units.
There is no law stopping you buying a pesticide product, you may be asked at the point of sale for evidence of your certificate.
You can stock pile as much as you like, but you break the law when you apply the products without certification.
The ideal conditions for spraying are:
- A cool cloudy day
- Early morning or late evening when it has cooled down
- Force 2 wind speed
Firstly, you will learn everything that you need to on the courses, however you could read through the Pesticide Code of Practice and look on the www.voluntaryinitiative.org.uk website
To apply pesticides near water you will need Environment Agency approval, an Aquaherb01 will need to be completed and permissions given.
However, to complete the form you need to ensure that the product has aquatic approval and you have the correct application methods for the work you are planning to do.
Unfortunately, not, because there are so many ways to apply different products it is not possible to just have one ticket to cover everything.
There are over 50 different application methods available now and you must choose which ones you need, to continue with your work.