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Aluminium Phosphide

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WHAT IS PHOSTOXIN?

Phostoxin contains aluminium phosphide, and comes in aluminium flasks containing approximately 30 three-gram solid greyish tablets (approximately 90 grams net weight). The recommended method of placing Phostoxin tablets in burrows and tunnels is by means of the Phostoxin applicator, which is designed to enable the operator to apply the tablets where they are required, whilst ensuring that the risk of exposure to the gas is reduced.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Each tablet liberates one gram of phosphine (hydrogen phosphide) gas, which is lethal at low concentrations to rabbits, moles and rats in their burrows and tunnels. Depending upon atmospheric conditions, peak concentration if the phosphine gas is achieved about 8-10 hours after the tablets have been placed in holes and burrows, however, this will depend on the amount of moisture in the soil and air. Phostoxin decomposes into a small pile of greyish powder, which has no residual effect on the soil, nor will it in any way harm plant life in the treated area.

WHO CAN USE PHOSTOXIN?

Phostoxin can be used by farmers, foresters, professional pest control operators, local authority professionals and gamekeepers. Phostoxin is a listed poison in Part 1 of the Poisons List and Schedule 1 to the Poisons Rules 1982. When purchasing Phostoxin, users will be required to make an entry in the Poisons Register and must provide proof that they have been trained in the correct and safe use of aluminium phosphide. A list of individuals and organisations who carry out training in the use of Phostoxin is available from Rentokil Products or may be available from your local distributor. Any persons who apply Phostoxin must have either professional pest control training (for PCOs) or a DEFRA agricultural holding (CPH) number (for professional agricultural use).

STORAGE & TRANSPORTATION OF PHOSTOXIN

Phostoxin should always be kept in its original container, tightly closed under lock and key in a cool, well-ventilated place away from dwellings. Appropriate warning signs should be placed on the storage area to notify other personnel of the content, these must include the phrase: ‘Gassing Compound - Do Not Use Water’. Keep away from food, drink and animal feeding stuffs. Only unopened flasks should be stored. Once opened, the entire contents of the flasks must be used up in a single application. Do not re-seal part-used flasks. Keep out of the reach of children. For more information see HSE ‘Gassing of rabbits and vertebrate pests’, Agriculture Information Sheet No 22. Care should always be taken when transporting Phostoxin to a site. The Phostoxin applicator and flasks should always be carried in a separate carriage compartment in the vehicle away from operators and animals such as dogs or livestock. Other transport requirements may be required. We advise that you consult all national transport rules (ADR) and ensure that you understand all recommendations before transporting this product. For further guidance see the transport recommendations on our website.

USING THE PHOSTOXIN APPLICATOR

The Phostoxin applicator should be used for placing Phostoxin tablets in the ground, and this will help to reduce the operator’s risk of exposure to phosphine gas. The applicator consists of several parts, and can hold the tablets from one flask of Phostoxin (about 30 tablets) in the main chamber. The flask now screws directly into the applicator via an adaptor. Full instructions are located on the applicator handle. A dibber is also available to help ensure tablets are inserted effectively into mole runs.

PERSONAL PROTECTI VE EQUIPMENT

A full face respirator with appropriate gas filter cartridge MUST be worn (the filter must be a combination filter to protect against phosphine gas and particulates - contact your PPE supplier for advice). Overalls, gloves and sturdy boots MUST also be worn.

USAGE & DISPOSAL

Once opened, the entire contents of the flask must be used up in a single application. Do not re-seal part-used flasks. Once the treatment has been completed, any residual dust that is left in the Phostoxin flask and/or inside the chamber of the applicator should be dislodged by carefully tapping the flask and/or barrel against a solid object. Empty flasks should be left in the open air in a secure place for several days then returned to the store. Do not re-seal flask, keep cap with flask for subsequent disposal. Empty flasks should be placed in a safe, dry, well-ventilated, secured storage area ready for disposal. Do not rinse empty flasks, and do not keep empty flasks inside occupied buildings. They should be disposed of in accordance with guidelines given in the HSE ‘Code of Practice for Using Plant Protection Products’. Containers should be treated as Hazardous waste and disposed of by a licensed waste-disposal contractor, or as directed by the relevant Approved Code of Practice.

APPLICATOR CARRY CASE - STORING AND TRANSPORTING YOUR APPLICATOR

The applicator can be stored and transported in a carry case. This can hold an applicator, adaptor and probe. Please note that flasks SHOULD NEVER be stored in the bag for any length of time, and should always be kept in a dry, lockable store until needed. Always store your applicator in a safe place out of the reach of non-trained personnel and in a place where it cannot be knocked or damaged.

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