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Fact Sheet: Use and storage of toxic and very toxic pesticides

This fact sheet explains the most important points about the use and storage of toxic and very toxic pesticides in the Ministry of Environment's Statutory Order on pesticides. Please note that only the rules in the Statutory Order apply, this fact sheet is merely a guide.

What is the scope of the legislation? 

The legislation covers all toxic and very toxic pesticides, including agents against fungus, insects, moles and water voles.

What is the purpose of the legislation?

The legislation has been designed to prevent harm to humans and environment from contact with toxic and very toxic pesticides.

What does the legislation say?

Use 

Toxic pesticides may only be used by persons:

  • who have a commercial interest in the use of the products in their own enterprise, or
  • who are engaged in commercial pest control for others.

Very toxic pesticides may only be used by persons:

  • who hold a certificate from an approved course on pesticides toxic regarding the field of application in question, or anyone employed by such a person.

Toxic very toxic pesticides must not be used:

  • in private gardens,
  • in public areas and similar that are open to the public,
  • in areas around residential buildings, institutions for children, etc., or

for treatment of vegetation bordering public roads or private gardens.

Toxic and very toxic pesticides may, however, be used in the above places against moles and water voles, if they are applied by persons who have completed an approved pesticide course for this field of application.

Toxic and very toxic pesticides must not be left with people where there is any reason to believe that they will cause harm to themselves or to others.

Storage

Toxic and very toxic pesticides must be stored safely, i.e. under lock and key, out of the reach of children, and not together with foodstuffs, feedingstuffs, medicinal products, etc.

Furthermore residues of toxic and very toxic pesticides, as well as empty and used packaging must be stored safely so that they do not pose a threat to the environment or health, i.e. under lock and key, out of the reach of children, and not together with foodstuffs, feedingstuffs, medicinal products, etc.

Users may only store pesticides in the original packaging. Spray liquids and similar that have been prepared from pesticides must not be left unattended.

Who is responsible?

Anyone using or storing toxic or very toxic pesticides is responsible for ensuring that the rules are complied with as they appear in the Statutory Order.

The Danish EPA Chemical Inspection Service supervises the implementation of the legislation and is authorised to issue injunctions and bans. If the legislation is violated, this may lead to a fine or up to two years' imprisonment.

Where can I obtain more information?

The title of the Statutory Order is:
Ministry of Environment and Energy Statutory Order No. 241 of 27 April 1998 on Pesticides . Part 6 deals with storage etc. Part 7 deals with use of toxic and toxic pesticides.

You can also find the statutory order in Danish on the Internet address: www.retsinfo.dk , at the library or you can order it at a bookshop in Denmark.

See also Fact Sheet No. 14 on sale and storage of toxic and very toxic pesticides.