The Responsibilities of a Pest Management Technician in Queensland
What a Pest Professional Needs to Know
A pest control technician is responsible for identifying, selecting, and applying manual or chemical solutions to eliminate pests. However, this definition is a bit too general to capture the entire responsibilities of a pest management technician. Pest management is everyone’s responsibility. However, PMTs and pest management business owners have separate obligations under the regulations. Below are the top 20 responsibilities of pest management technicians in Queensland.
1. Access to storage area
The PMT who has custody, control, or possession of a pesticide or fumigant must secure the storage area against unauthorised access. By implication, only someone with his permission can access the storage place to reduce the risk of accidents or unauthorised applications.
2. Access to storage area other than in a motor vehicle
The PMT must comply with certain requirements if the fumigant or pesticide is stored at his residence. He must store it in a way that prevents any leakage or escape from its container and must prevent any damage to the container or packaging. If you store the pesticide in any place other than your residence, you must comply with workplace health and safety requirements.
3. Storage area in a motor vehicle
A PMT must ensure that fumigants and pesticides stored on a vehicle are stored in a way that prevents any leakage or escapes from its container and the vehicle. Not only this, but the storage must prevent any damage to the container or packaging.
A pest management technician must keep and store pesticides and fumigants in their original containers. The container must be suitable for the purpose and must be impervious. Apart from this, it must be durable to withstand force without breaking or its content from leaking or escaping during handling, transport, or storage. The PMT must ensure that the container is capable of being securely closed and has sufficient capacity. Not only this, but it must not react physically or chemically with the fumigant or pesticides it contains.
5. Labelling the container
A PMT must correctly label all containers used to hold fumigants and pesticides. The label must include a description of the name by which the product is sold or marketed and its active constituents. You must also express the strength of each active constituent per stated mass or volume or the preparation. Also, always carry the Safety Data Sheet for every chemical you transport.
6. Record of use
Record pest management activity within 24 hours and keep the record for at least five years. The record must include the date of the activity, address and description of the location, activity requested, customer contact detail, and your licence details. You should also include the rate of application for the pesticide or fumigant and the name and strength of each active constituent.
7. Pest control advice to clients
A PMT must provide pre-treatment advice before starting pest control activities and post-treatment advice after the activities. The treatment advice will go over safety treatment and precautions to avoid adverse health effects before and after the pest control activity.
8. Disposal of waste
Do not dispose of waste in a manner that endangers the life or safety of any person or animal. Also, do not pollute a watercourse or water supply, or contaminate land, or adversely affect air quality.
9. Disposal of containers
A PMT must empty the containers used to store fumigant or pesticide, rinse them severally, and crush or pierce them to make them unusable. Then, dispose of it at an approved waste facility or seal it and return it to the supplier.
10. Cleaning up of spills and dealing with leakages
PMTs must treat pesticide spills immediately as soon as he becomes aware of the leakage or spill. Contact the Department of Environment and Science or the local council if the spill threatens the environment. In the meantime, stop the leakage if it is safe to do so and clean or decontaminate the area of spillage. Then, dispose of the leaked pesticide or fumigant.
11. Notifiable incidents
A notifiable incident is an exposure, spillage, or release of a fumigant or pesticide that adversely affects or is likely to adversely affect a person’s health. The Act requires a PMT to notify the Chief Executive of the Department of Health about such activity and it must be as soon as practicable after the incident.
12. Activity risk management plans
A technician must prepare an Activity Risk Management Plan before undertaking any pest activity in a high-risk or sensitive place. The plan must contain a detailed plan of action and how pesticides will be used.
13. Fumigation activity
A PMT must prepare an ARMP before fumigation and must give notice in writing to an occupier before commencing fumigation activities. During a fumigation, he must ensure the safety of everyone around and prevent the escape of fumigants.
14. Actions and precautions during the fumigation activity
You must carry out an inspection and testing of the area to detect leaks and escape. A PMT must also ensure that at least one person who is trained and older than 17 years is physically present to assist during fumigation. Not only this, but you must barricade the place to restrict access and use danger signs as warnings.
15. Actions and precautions at the end of the fumigation activity
The PMT must safely release fumigants in a way that won’t endanger anyone. He must also vent the place to avoid a concentration of fumigant and determine if the space or risk area is safe to enter. If not, he must deny access to unauthorised persons until he is satisfied that the risk area is safe to enter.
16. Provision of a clearance certificate
A PMT must give the person that requested the activity a clearance certificate for the activity only when he believes the fumigated space is safe to enter. The certificate can be signed by any PMT and must state the information contained in section 31 of the Regulation, including a statement that the space is safe for entry.
17. Supervising trainees
A licensed PMT must directly supervise trainees while they perform pest management activities. The trainee must comply with any conditions under the Act and Regulations for carrying out pest management activities, and the PMT must provide an appropriate level of directions, demonstrations, training, and monitoring. If an emergency arises, the PMT is responsible for resolving the situation.
18. Changes affecting licence
Notify the Chief Executive of changes that can affect your ability to perform pest management activities. They include changes in your contact address, contact details of your employer, pesticide or fumigant storage, and requirements to undergo a health assessment.
19. Advertising pest management activities
A PMT must not advertise their pest management activities without authorization and licence. However, you can do so if you employ a PMT that is licensed to perform that activity.
20. Requiring another person to carry out pest management activity
A PMT or pest management business owner must not permit someone who is not authorised to perform pest management activity without a reasonable excuse. It is an offence to do so. Persons permitted to carry out pest management activities include licensed PMTs for activities stated on their licence, trainees under supervision, and primary producers and their employees.
A PMT must be licensed to undertake a pest management activity. Adhere to the responsibilities above, and you won’t have any problem with the law.