Keeping spray records for all agrichemical applications is good practice.
Spray records allow you to:
- check or compare the results from using an agrichemical to determine if any changes are needed
- meet industry requirements by showing that withholding periods and maximum allowable residue limits are being met
- satisfy any requirements your local Regional Council may have for recording agrichemical use
- assist your response/defence should you become involved in a spray drift problem
- meet record keeping and tracking requirements of WorkSafe and EPA.
In addition to being a sound management discipline, maintaining up to date spray records is a legal requirement for:
|6.1A, 6.1B, 6.1C
| Any organophosphate or carbamate
|9.1A, 9.2A, 9.3A, 9.4A
||More than 3kg in 24 hours
Records can be kept in electronic or paper formats,and must be kept for three years.
Spray records should include the following:
- Name of product (and HSR number for highly ecotoxic)
- Date and time of application
- Amount of product used
- Wind speed and direction
- Name of the user
- Measures taken to ensure no significant adverse effects beyond the boundary (highly ecotoxic only).
If you used a contractor to do your spraying, ensure you get a copy of their spray record before they leave the property.
||Your local regional plan may have specific requirements for records to be kept so check to see what is required.
||The HSR number is now required to be recorded on spray diaries for applications of more than 3kg of highly ecotoxic products (class 9.1A, 9.2A, 9.3A and 9.4A).
Similarly, measures taken to prevent spraydrift of highly ecotoxic products must be noted if more than 3kg applied.