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Pesticides e-bulletin: CRD Event - Two Day Technical Fate and Behaviour Assessment of Plant Protection Products Workshop

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Two Day Technical Fate and Behaviour Assessment of Plant Protection Products Workshop

HSE's Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) is holding a two-day workshop on technical aspects of the environmental fate and behaviour assessments of plant protection products. 

The workshop will be held at the Chemicals Regulation Division in York on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th November, 2017.  Registration will begin from 9:00 am.  The workshop will start at 9:30 am on day one and finish around 4:00 pm on day two.  The cost per delegate to attend the workshop will be £600 (plus VAT).


Topics of discussion

The workshop will present attendees with an overview of environmental fate assessments at EU level and highlight the key issues that they must take into account when preparing product approval submissions.  The workshop will cover basic introductions to the use of the FOCUS groundwater and surface water models and various refinement options, as well as UK specific environmental exposure requirements.  Each day will comprise a mixture of presentations and workshops with worked examples.  By the end of the course, participants will have a better appreciation of this area of pesticide risk assessment and be better able to prepare regulatory submissions for plant protection products.

  • Overview of the EU process, the EFSA conclusion, key endpoints, data gaps and critical areas of concern
  • The use of the risk envelope approach
  • Zonal assessment and national addenda
  • FOCUS groundwater modelling (e.g. with PEARL and PELMO)
  • FOCUS surface water Steps 1, 2 and 3 and risk mitigation with SWAN
  • UK specific environmental exposure assessment requirements (groundwater using FOCUS MACRO, spray drift, buffer zones and drift reduction technology, first tier drainflow and higher tier refinement options, through an introduction to the latest version of Webfram)
  • Common problems with applications
  • Future developments, new data requirements, EFSA activities, PPR opinions and guidance documents 

Target Audience

This course is specifically designed for those with at least a basic working knowledge of environmental fate and behaviour who want to develop their expertise in this area further. 


Because of the nature of the event, places will be limited to a maximum of 16 people, and will be issued on a first-come first-served basis.

If you wish to register for the above workshop please visit http://www.hsl.gov.uk/crd and complete an online registration form. The closing date for applications is the 10th October 2017.



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Agriculture e-Bulletin August 2017

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Welcome to the HSE Agriculture e-Bulletin

In this edition we focus on the latest farm fatal injury figures, preventing accidents to children on farms over the summer holiday period and cattle and public rights of way.

With the pressures of harvest we look at managing workplace vehicle and transport risks and bale stacking.

Other items include the HSE inspection focus on potato harvesting in the autumn and HSE's healthy lung summit.

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Fatal injuries in agriculture, forestry and fishing in Great Britain 2016/17

Latest figures show that 30 people were killed last year in agriculture.  A shocking figure on its own but as a fatality rate it shows agriculture to be 6 times worse than construction and 18 times worse than the national average for all industries.

This is made worse knowing that the precautions and controls to prevent these needless deaths are well known and usually straightforward to implement. 

Over the last 35 years the fatal injury rate for agricultural workers has shown no clear trend, although there are some signs of improvement in the last 5 years. Clearly there is still much to do to properly manage and control risk of injury to farmers, their workers and the public, including children. During Farm Safety Week we called on the Farm Safety Partnerships and other stakeholders to build on their work and increase the momentum to improve the industry's record.

Preventing accidents to children on farms

Farms continue to be one of the few workplaces where children still get killed. Earlier this year a three year old toddler was killed when he was run over by a vehicle driven by his father.  

School holidays are a good time to remember it is against the law to allow a child under 13 to ride on or drive agricultural self-propelled machines (such as tractors) and other farm machinery.

When children are introduced to farm activities remember that you cannot supervise children and be involved in work at the same time. People often believe that farm children understand farm risks, but most children who die in farm incidents are family members. A few straightforward steps, and proper supervision of children, will reduce these risks: Read our practical guidance.

Cattle and rights of way

Use of footpaths and bridleways is high during peak holiday season. Always consider and assess the nature of cattle in fields with footpaths and where possible locate cows with young calves in fields with no public access. Follow the HSE guidance on Cattle and public access in England and Wales and Scotland

Good herd management is vital to keep people safe. Your culling policy should ensure that animals known to be aggressive are removed from the herd. Regular field visits and checks can identify agitated animals or highlight issues that could lead to problems e.g. damaged fencing. Follow the FSP guidance on are you handling your cattle safely?

Harvest - Manage farm vehicles and workplace transport

With frequent vehicle and machinery use at this time it's worth remembering the most common causes of serious and fatal injuries in agriculture involve farm vehicles. Find out how to manage the risks.

Promote and follow  Safe Stop:

Engage handbrake  
Controls in neutral
Switch off engine (or turn off power)
Remove key (or lock-off the power supply)

Harvest - Plan your bale handling and stacking

Fatal and serious accidents can arise from work activities associated with bales including falling from stacks or vehicles during transport and being struck by falling bales.

Harvest is an intense time for bale stacking and transport activities - Stop and plan your work with bales. Check and follow the guidance Safe working with bales in agriculture.

Autumn Inspection work

This autumn HSE's inspectors will be focusing on potato harvesting. It's a high risk activity if badly managed.  They will be looking at the risks of injury associated with workplace transport and falls from height. In relation to machinery they will be looking at guards and isolation procedures.

Workplace Healthy Lungs Summit

22 November 2017, Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London

In agriculture lung diseases/respiratory disorders are a serious health problem contributing to the UK's estimated 12,000 workplace deaths a year. Thousands more workers suffer with life limiting conditions. Workplace lung disease is therefore one of the key topics in HSE's Health and Work Strategy. 

This Summit will describe what HSE is doing about it, what you can do about it and what science and evidence can tell us.  One of the afternoon sessions will focus on occupational asthma (common amongst agricultural workers with a rate several times the national average). 

The summit will be of interest to a wide range of people including employers, Unions, health and safety advisors, academics and other health and safety professionals. 

Further details of the Summit can be found at: https://www.hsl.gov.uk/healthy-lungs




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