Safe use of boom sprayers mounted or trailed
The PA2a boom sprayer. Is one of the many different application units you can choose to complete.
The PA2a safe use of a boom sprayer runs over two half days. Session one is a few hours morning session via a zoom call covering the theory such as:
- types of boom sprayers
- nozzle choice and how important the correct nozzle is for the job you are doing
- environmental risk assessments
- principles of calibration
- LERAP’s (Local Environmental Risk Assessments for Pesticides)
Session two again a morning session, however this time a face to face practical session:
- carrying out pre-use checks
- completing an environmental risk assessment
- marking out the spraying area
- calibration of your boom sprayer
- measuring and filling of the boom sprayer
- completing application records
- dealing with waste
Many of you are already actively using pesticides. In particular, herbicides to control weed infestations on land you either own or manage. However, using a boom sprayer is not about putting a dollop of product in a tank with a bit more for luck. Then driving at speed to get the job done, hoping for the best!
Without an application unit such as the PA2a boom sprayer. You cannot legally apply any pesticides as a professional user.
You will be learning all about:
- your legal responsibilities such as reading the manufacturer’s instructions
- risks with storing, handling, mixing and calibrating pesticides
- using and cleaning spraying equipment
- disposing of chemical waste safely and legally
- safe working practices and industry best practice
- emergency actions
- health monitoring and record keeping
Session one of our PA2a boom sprayer course has now gone online. But do no worry we will talk you through everything you need to do. It is a simple and straight forward way to carry out the first part of your PA2a 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 PA2a boom sprayer. You must have completed and passed the PA1 Handling and Application of Pesticides.
As a result, the safe use of pesticides PA2a boom sprayer 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 and environmentally sensitive areas.
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.
Although we train the PA2a boom sprayer course with an ATV boom sprayer. This does not restrict you in the future. You will be able to use a tractor mounted or trailer sprayer or a self propelled unit. Consequently you will probably need a little guidance from another trained operator for specific machines though.
You may have been asked by:
- your farm assurance 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 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 PA2a boom sprayer course is running. You just don’t resit the City and Guilds assessment again – unless you want to?
Equally if you have a group of people we can put a date together just for you.
PA2a Safe use of boom sprayers mounted or trailed – one day refresher £100 +VAT = £120 per person
You will receive a Lowe Maintenance Certificate of Completion.
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 rights version of the qualification, if you were born before 1964 you could have chosen 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. Further more, 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 will certainly be breaking the law when you apply the products without certification.
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.
PA2a covers the operation of mounted, trailed and self-propelled hydraulic nozzle or rotary atomiser of horizontal boom sprayers, from small units such as ATV’s to tractors and self-propelled units.
The prime mover isn’t part of the qualification, so if you pass on an ATV you can go onto use a large GPS self-propelled machine (although you may need additional instructions!)
Weed wipers are different they come under PA2f, operating mounted or trailed wick type applicators.
If you think you did your tickets and have lost them, we can check with our assessment centre to see if you’re 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. It is certainly worth checking.
HSE advises that refreshers are taken every 5 years, however that is entirely up to you. It is highly 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 are 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 spraying 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.
There are no pre-requisites for PA2a in terms of the prime mover. So no you don’t need to have a tractor driving or ATV ticket to do the course.
Many people choose an air induction / low drift / pre-orifice nozzle as they allow greater control of drift which results in a more targeted application.
It is not advised to spray on hot days, not if it is above 30 degrees.
You need to be aware that when it is too hot the plants shut down, they protect themselves by not letting liquids in or out so there is no point wasting time and money spraying when it is hot.
As long as you have the correct application method and the full suite of tickets (not the grandfather option) then yes you can.
In fact, it’s a good idea as it helps to recoup some of the associated costs, just be aware that your customers will need the relevant records and paperwork from you.
The ideal conditions for spraying are:
- A cool cloudy day
- Early morning or late evening when it has cooled down
- Force 2 wind speed
You 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
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, you are however breaking the law when you apply the products without a relevant application method.
For trailed, mounted or self-propelled:
- Over 3m by 2020 ensure it has been tested within the last 5 years. After 2020 they need to be tested every 3 years.
- Under 3m they must be tested every 6 years (slug pellet, granular, boom less)
We recommend Andrew Walburn 07958 351489 for testing.
Handheld equipment doesn’t require an external body to carry out an inspection, ensuring the applicator is fit for use is the responsibility of the trained operator using it. Checks should be carried out on a regular basis and a record kept of its condition and repairs undertaken if any.
Choice of nozzle is recommended on the product label, so it important to spend a few moments reading through for the best advice. You do also learn more about nozzles on the courses.
If you did the City and Guilds tickets and you still have your certificates, then yes, they 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