Health (Pesticides) Regulations 2011 – signage requirements

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Verge spraying using a moving vehicle

It is a requirement under Regulation 89 of the Health (Pesticides) Regulations 2011 that where spraying of a registered pesticide on a verge is conducted from a moving vehicle, the vehicle must display a warning sign fixed in a prominent position which can be seen by road users. The sign is to have the words ‘CAUTION: (NAME OF CHEMICAL) BEING APPLIED', in capital letters not less than 50mm in height (see image right). Trade name or active constituent(s) is acceptable. In addition, a flashing yellow warning light is to be fitted and activated while the vehicle is used in the spraying operation 

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Park spraying using a moving vehicle

Regulation 89A also requires that where spraying of a registered pesticide occurs on a park from a moving vehicle a warning sign as outlined above is fixed to the vehicle in a prominent position (see top image, left). A flashing yellow light is also required and is to be activated while the vehicle is used in the spraying operation. 

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In addition, stand-alone warning signs must be displayed. Warning sign(s) are to have the words ‘CAUTION: (NAME OF CHEMICAL) BEING APPLIED. AVOID CONTACT WITH AREA WHEN SIGN IS DISPLAYED’ in capital letters not less than 50mm in height (see bottom image, left). Trade name or active constituent(s) may be used.Warning signs must be prominently displayed so that they are clearly visible to persons approaching the spraying operation and are at a distance from spraying operation to provide adequate warning of the pesticide being applied. Warning signs are to remain in place until the surface where the pesticide was applied has dried.

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Spraying in public place other than verge or park spraying

Regulation 89C applies to the spraying of a registered pesticide in a public place other than on a verge or in a park. Stand-alone signs (see image right) as outlined above are required to be displayed at sufficient intervals to provide adequate warning while the pesticide is being applied and kept in place until all surfaces where the pesticide was applied has dried.

Verge or park spraying using a stationary vehicle

Regulation 89B refers to verge or park spraying where the vehicle is stationary. The same requirements for signage as in regulation 89A outlined above are required.

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