Under the Health and Safety at Work Act, all workers must have the training and supervision they need to operate safely with and around hazardous substances ie to be a competent agrichemical user. If workers don’t have the knowledge and experience they need, they must be supervised by someone who does.
Your training and instruction should cover:
- information on the hazards of the products you are using (eg labels, SDSs and HazNotes)
- training on how to manage the risks associated with the products you are using (eg Growsafe course)
- specific training in your workplace procedures (eg your emergency plan or operating procedures for PPE maintenance)
- practice in safely using any equipment, machinery and PPE, and a period of practical experience under supervision.
If you change jobs, you will need to receive site-specific induction and supervision in the new workplace.
Training is not a one-off obligation. Your PCBU needs to ensure your knowledge and skills are still current and up-to-date.
More information can be found in WorkSafe’s Quick Guide to Information, training and instruction for workers handling hazardous substances.
Which certificate do I need?
There have been many changes to agrichemical training and certification requirements in recent years, as well as changes to the Growsafe certificates we offer. We have developed a number of decision trees to help you identify the appropriate certification for your activity and level of responsibility.