A safe-handling-of-chemicals person who meets this unit level will be qualified to handle, issue, and store agrochemical products in a responsible, safe, and secure manner. In addition, the individual will be capable of handling agrochemical storage-related crises.

Students will acquire knowledge of sustainable farming methods used in the subfields of plant, animal, and mixed farming. This unit standard focuses on the use of agrochemicals in primary agriculture.

They will possess the understanding of their surroundings to engage in, carry out, and organize farming activities. This unit standard will establish a culture of upkeep and care for farming infrastructure and operations, as well as for the environment.


Unit 1: Receive, store and issue agrochemicals as advised.

  • The process of receiving, storing and issuing of chemicals is discussed.
  • The way chemicals are coded and where and how they should be stored is explained
  • The correct moving techniques for chemicals are described.
  • The record keeping process, which ensures that chemicals do not become redundant, is explained

Unit 2: Categorise and segregate agrochemical stock according to a set of requirements.

  • The different categories of agrochemicals are discussed.
  • The meaning of different colour codes is discussed.
  • The indications by different pictograms on the labels are explained.
  • The method of, and reason for segregation of different chemicals are explained.
  • The way different storage areas are marked is discussed.

Unit 3: Implement appropriate safety and security measures.

  • The different protective clothing and equipment used when working with different codes of chemicals is described.
  • The way different clothing and equipment is used and stored correctly is demonstrated.
  • The rules (what is allowed and what is not allowed) when working with or applying chemicals is discussed.
  • Rules which govern the chemical store and who is authorised to use it is explained.

Unit 4: Keep record of all stock. 

  • The definition of record keeping with reference to a chemical store is explained.
  • The process that is followed is illustrated.
  • The first in first out principle with reference to expiry date is explained.
  • The importance of record keeping and updating is explained

Unit 5: Maintain cleanliness and hygiene of the storage facility and containers.

  • Correct cleaning procedures are described.
  • The dealing with empty chemical containers and reason is demonstrated and described
  • The dealing with clothing after use is described.
  • The dealing with equipment after use is described.

 Unit 6: Deal appropriately and effectively with emergencies.

  • The type of emergency facilities that should be present in a chemical store is described.
  • The way minor spills are dealt with is described.
  • An explanation of what happens in the case of a minor poisoning is given.
  • Basic accident procedures are described.


Duration: 2 Days

Delivery: Classroom/Online


National Certificate in Safe Handling of Chemicals

Accreditation: TETA

SAQA ID: 116065

NQF Level: 2

Credits: 4

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