Arable Farmer
North Yorkshire
Google "how to do a COSHH assessment" Lots of info there. I blitzed all mine ages ago. The really irritating thing is when you have several products with the same stuff e.g. glyphosate as each product needs its own assessment. Thank God for copy and paste!
Have a think through every chemical you use on the farm, including everything in the workshop, right down to bleach etc under the sink in a communal canteen/kitchen.

Use google to find a data sheet for each one, sometimes google will even give you a COSHH assessment sheet for each product. Keep the data sheets and COSHH sheets in a folder somewhere handy.
Remember you should have a COSHH assessment for things that may seem innocuous, such as hydrated lime, obviously cement, FEB mix and things that are created on the farm or in the environment, maybe Leptospirosis from cattle or dust from grain dryer/cleaner, and I guess oils, paints, waste oil from tractors. I think if we are being really anal about it, each assessment should have an accompanying hazard data sheet from the manufacturer that has a current'ish date on it and the assessment should be re visited to make sure it is still current periodically (I would guess that is every year or at most two). Suppliers have a duty to give you the hazard data sheet for stuff they sell to you. I may be inclined just to collate the hazard data sheets and see if that is adequate for your needs?

Guide your way through spring agronomy decisions

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The incessant and extreme wet conditions are now presenting huge challenges for every farm’s spring agronomy and cropping decisions.

Plans are being urgently reevaluated and rejigged to set priorities for treatment, with a watchful eye on deadlines for timely spring crop establishment when a window allows. And all against a backdrop of potential damage to soil structure to fields from traveling in waterlogged conditions.


Lessons learned from last year have proved invaluable, with the latest Syngenta Spring Guide giving an insight into some of the tips and ideas to help with this season’s decisions...