|National Department of
Crop Protection and Animal Health Association
Prevent the risk of agrochemicals and stock remedies being used to poison
livestock, people and even to destroy crops. Losses are costly and can be
avoided by efficient security.
|• Keep agrochemicals locked away from
children and untrained
workers or those that cannot read.
• Lock away chemicals safely in a separate store so that cross-contamination of food, feed, seed and fertiliser by spillage or vapours from volatile chemicals will not occur.
• In the case of fire or floods these materials will be confined to one area.
Separate herbicides from other agrochemicals.
"Very toxic/Toxic" products should be grouped together.
Flammable products should be interspersed with non-flammable products of their own group.
Use products on the basis of `first-in-first-out'
Cement floors tend to sweat. Therefore, to prevent damage to
cartons or paperbags, they should:
• be placed on pallets
• not be stacked against exterior walls.
Chemicals stored under dry, cool conditions will not deteriorate as rapidly as those exposed to extreme temperatures and moisture.
A well-organised store will prevent the wrong remedy being chosen accidentally.
Unacceptable places to store agrochemicals are:
• other rooms which are used frequently.
• The store should be at least 5 metres from other buildings.
• It must not be near:
• Use smooth screeded concrete.
• Floor to wall joints must be made watertight.
• Earth, timber, bitumen, PVC or linoleum and coarse unscreeded concrete are not acceptable.
• Walls should be made of brick or concrete blocks.
• Place airbricks or vents 200 mm from the floor and/or at roof level.
• Good ventilation is important. In areas where severe sandstorms occur, wind direction should be considered when placing vents.
• The roof must not leak.
• It should be fitted with some form of insulation to maintain temperature at a reasonable level.
• Vents in the roof will allow hot air to escape during summer.
Steel doors with an effective locking system is recommended.
• Windows should allow enough light into the store so that the product labels can be read easily.
• Windows should be at/or above head height and burglar barred.
The store should contain:
• a table
• measuring jugs
• a scale.
Never use household items in the store!
• Clean the equipment at the end of each working day to avoid possible contamination of products. A wash trough is recommended for this purpose.
• In case of spills, have on hand a:
- supply of dry fine sand.
• Provide large open-ended containers (1/3 of a 200 l
drum) for disposal of
contaminated material and into which leaking containers can be placed.
• Protective equipment must be available. These include:
- rubber gloves
- face shields
Protective clothing should be washed in a wash basin
For further information contact AVCASA,
tel (011) 805 2000/70/79/85 • fax (011) 805 2222
Compiled by Directorate Communication, National
Department of Agriculture