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Legislation Guide: User guide to legislation relating to terrestrial pest control (Nov 2015)

A summary of legislation, that is directly related to pest control activities, to assist contractors and control agencies's staff understand their statutory responsibilities.
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Vertebrate Toxic Agents: Minimum requirements for the safe use and handling of vertebrate toxic agents (Nov 2015)

Summarises the regulatory aspects of using vertebrate toxic agents (VTAs). Includes additional best practice standards for the safe use and handling of (VTAs). Primary audience: field staff and contractors responsible for vertebrate pest control programs.
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Code B3 - Issuing Permissions for Vertebrate Toxic Agents (VTAs): Guidelines for Public Health Units

Produced by the Ministry of Health to guide authorised public health officers to assess and manage the public health risks when issuing permits for the use of vertebrate toxic agents (VTAs). Includes model permit conditions. A helpful resource to those applying to use VTAs as well as to the officers issuing permissions. > Free downloads of guidelines and application form on the Ministry of Health website


Water Sampling for Sodium Fluoroacetate (1080) - How Much Is Enough? (Nov 2015)

Report on a review of research findings relevant to water sampling for 1080; led to the 2008 update of the Landcare Research water sampling and testing guideline (see Code B5.2 below).
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Guideline for Sampling and Testing Water associated with Monitoring of Aerial 1080 Baiting Operations (2nd edition)

A guideline produced by Landcare Research on the requirements and procedures for taking water samples and having them tested at the Landcare Research Toxicology Laboratory.
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Monitoring Pest Control Workers for Occupational Exposure to 1080 (Mar 2011)

A guideline to assist employers meet their obligation under the Health and Safety in Employment Act to monitor employees or contractors for occupational exposure to 1080 toxin.
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Protect Yourself on the Job: Prevent exposure to 1080 (2009)

A guide for employees working with 1080, 2-fold colour brochure.
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How to give a good urine sample: monitoring for occupational exposure to 1080 (2008)

For employers and employees, 2-fold colour brochure.
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Signage: Minimum requirements for signage where vertebrate toxic agents are laid outdoors for pest control (Nov 2015)

Outlines minimum requirements for warning signage where vertebrate toxic agents in bait form are laid outdoors for pest control. Covers the legal requirements of warning signs: - wording, design, installation, maintenance and recovery. A useful resource for agency staff and contractors implementing control programmes in the field. The guide expands on the signage section in the VTA guidelines (see B2 above).
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Tracking: Minimum requirements for tracking vertebrate toxic agents (Feb 2010)

A guideline on the minimum requirements for tracking vertebrate toxic agents. In two parts: (i) purpose and regulatory aspects, and (ii) standard forms with explanations for use, examples and key points associated with the tracking guidelines. For field staff and contractors responsible for vertebrate pest control programmes and pest managers responsible for ensuring that toxin tracking meets minimum standards.
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Aerial 1080 pest control industry guidelines (DEC 2015)

An overview guideline of industry best practice for aerial 1080 operations: designed to ensure that operators understand critical risks, together with the performance outcomes that must be achieved to manage those risks. For those responsible for planning and managing aerial 1080 operations, and for other people required to be directly involved.
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