Following concern about the availability of metal phosphides to unqualified persons, the industry, in consultation with government officials, has devised a new scheme controlling their sale and use. The products concerned are aluminium phosphide, used in vertebrate control and as a grain and commodity fumigant, and magnesium phosphide which is also used as a grain and commodity fumigant.
Under the new scheme, known as RAMPS (The Register and Accreditation of Metallic Phosphide Schemes), a register will be kept centrally. This will cover both those who may sell and buy products as well as who may use them. This will ensure that the future handling and use of metallic phosphides is in compliance with the Poisons Act 1972 and the forthcoming EU Sustainable Use Directive.
The main Pest Control News workshop at Pest-Tech this year will give pest controllers a chance to hear the details of the new scheme from the newly formed RAMPS UK association, including David Cross of Connaught Compliance Pest Prevention, who is the first chair of RAMPS UK.
The PCN workshop will provide an ideal opportunity for pest controllers to make their views known to the RAMPS UK Executive Committee and government officials who are responsible for the regulations relating to the sale of poisons in the UK.
The scheme is being set up by the three main suppliers of metal phosphides in the UK – Connaught, Rentokil and Certis and will be launched at Pest-Tech.