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EPA fines Blacktown pest management technician $1,150

Media release: 29 May 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined a Blacktown pest management technician trading as Pest on D Run $400 for using rodent bait contrary to label directions e.g. without bait stations or under cover, and another $750 for failing to keep adequate pesticide application records.

The rodent bait used was Ditrac All Weather Blox which must be placed in bait stations or under cover. On this occasion, the baits had been placed in the open and a pet dog was able to access the bait. Rodent baits can be very hazardous to dogs and other pets such as cats or birds. Unfortunately, a pet dog died at the property following the rodent baiting.

EPA Director Hazardous Materials Chemicals and Radiation Asela Atapattu said regardless of the size of the operation, commercial pesticide users needed to follow the regulations.

“Pesticides must be used accordance with the label directions to prevent off-target harm,” Mr Atapattu said.

“Record keeping is also much more than just an administrative ‘tick box’ exercise– when it comes to pesticides, record keeping is key to know where and when these potentially dangerous substances have been used.

“Pesticides can be dangerous if incorrectly applied or managed, so following the rules is key. The regulations and rules in place help the EPA protect human health and off-target animals.”

In September 2015 licensing arrangements for pest management technicians were transferred from Safe Work NSW to the EPA. There are currently over 4,100 pest management technicians licensed by the EPA in NSW.

The EPA undertakes regular compliance inspections in the pest management industry. These inspections involve checking a number of requirements including licences, pesticide application records, chemical storage and vehicles used to transport chemicals. 

Penalty notices are one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance including formal warnings, official cautions, licence conditions, notices and directions and prosecutions. For more information about the EPA’s regulatory tools, see the EPA Compliance Policy http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/legislation/prosguid.htm.


Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 29 May 2017