Purchasing Hazardous Substances from Farm Source

Purchasing Hazardous Substances from Farm Source

17 April 2019

Under the new Hazardous Substances Regulations, we’ve had to change the way we sell certain hazardous goods. Previously called ‘Approved Handler Required’ products, they are now known as Tracked and Restricted to Workplace products. The new regulations mean we need proof of your relevant training before we can sell you any Tracked or Restricted to Workplace substances.

If you’re purchasing class 6.1A and 6.1B agrichemicals or some of the more hazardous substances available from Farm Source, you need to complete a ‘Notification of Competent Person to Receive’. You only need to submit this form once, and we’ll save it on file against your account for future reference. As part of this notification, you’ll need to include:

  • a declaration showing proof of your training i.e. Certified Handler Compliance Certificate or Approved Handler
  • OR
  • a signed statement attesting an equivalent certificate or proof of training around the use and handling of certain hazardous substances.

If you do not have a certified handler on farm, you will need to complete one of the below qualifications in order to continue purchasing these products from Farm Source.

  • Certified Handler Certificate - formal qualification e.g. Growsafe OR
  • Valid Approved Handler Certificate OR
  • Certificate/training - A letter on employer/company letterhead attesting to your competency i.e. you’ve received information, instruction, and training in accordance with Health and Safety at Work Regulation 4.5

If you do not have a certified handler on farm, you will need to complete one of the below qualifications in order to continue purchasing these products from Farm Source.

  • Certified Handler Certificate - formal qualification e.g. Growsafe OR
  • Valid Approved Handler Certificate OR
  • Certificate/training - A letter on employer/company letterhead attesting to your competency i.e. you’ve received information, instruction, and training in accordance with Health and Safety at Work Regulation 4.5

Getting Certified

Chemical handling courses are available from lots of different training providers throughout New Zealand. You can either contact a compliance certifier, (contacts provided via the compliance certifiers web link below) for recommendations on local course providers, or we have located two providers which have national coverage.

You will be directed to the provider websites via these links

Most courses cater for people who are new to dealing with hazardous substances and chemicals. Your employer applies for a certified handler certificate from a compliance certifier after you’ve completed the course and had on-the-job experience.

The Certified Handler Certificate replaces the Approved Handler Certificate and if you need to renew your Approved Handler Certificate, the compliance certifier will need to assess you. Check out the Hazardous Substances Practical Guide.

Please note if you can’t provide proof of certification, Farm Source won’t be able to sell these products to you.

If your have any further questions about the regulations around purchasing hazardous substances please contact your local Farm Source store.