A person achieving this unit standard will be able to receive, store and issue agrochemical products in a safe, secure and responsible manner. Furthermore, the person will be able to deal with emergencies related to the storage of agrochemicals.

Learners will gain an understanding of sustainable agricultural practises as applied in the animal-, plant and mixed farming sub fields. The application of agro-chemicals in primary agriculture is focussed on in this unit standard.

They will be able to participate in, undertake and plan farming practises with knowledge of their environment. A culture of maintenance and care for both the environment as well as farming infrastructure and operations will be instilled by this unit standard.

  • 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 agro-chemicals 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 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