§ Mr. Campbell-Savours
asked the Secretary of Stare for Employment what action is being taken by the Health and Safety Executive to counteract the serious level of under-reporting of toxic side effects attributed to pesticides in the farming community.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
The Poisonous Substances in Agriculture Regulations 1984 and the Notification of Accidents and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1980 require the reporting of incidents involving pesticides at the workplace.125W
The Health and Safety Executive places great emphasis on and publicises the need for the safe use and handling of pesticides and the reporting of accidents to do with them. There is no evidence of a serious level of underreporting. All complaints about and reports of incidents involving suspected poisoning by agricultural pesticides are investigated.
Hon. Majesty's Agricultural Inspectorate's next national safety campaign, "Your Health", includes in its scope the use of pesticides and their effects on people, crops, wildlife, and the environment.