Spray risk management
We look at the issue of chemical spray drift and how it has increased in risk since the 1980s with the changes in crops being grown across Victoria and market access requirements.
Sources of information
Before using a chemical product, there are various sources of information that can assist users to use products correctly. Agricultural Chemical Control Areas (ACCAs) also need to be considered prior to spraying.
Planning a spray program and droplet size
Planning is an important part of a spray program to ensure chemicals are used safely, effectively and responsibly. This should include assessing the site to be sprayed, sensitive areas, sprayer calibration and droplet size to minimise the risk of off-target drift or movement.
Weather and inversion layers
Weather is an important consideration when planning to spray agricultural chemicals and needs to be recorded at the site to be sprayed. Learn about what weather conditions are suitable for spraying and inversions, which increase the risk of spray moving off-target.
Personal safety and record keeping
Personal protective equipment (PPE) should always be worn when working with agricultural chemicals. Find out what to wear and where to find information on PPE. Compulsory record keeping requirements are also explained.