Agricultural Operations Standard

Including:

  • Spreading materials to agricultural land info
  • Pesticides Application

Quality control, safety, professionalism and traceability are essential elements in carrying out agricultural operations and the NAAC has taken a proactive role in establishing an independently audited quality standard for contractors.

This covers the quality of service which the contractor provides. Agricultural Operation contractors and their customers must co-operate to ensure a safe, professional operation can take place. This Scheme offers customers genuine assurance about the activity of contractors. Contractors will only be certified if they can meet the appropriate standards.

In addition to the NAAC’s Agricultural Operations Specific Standard, the contractor must also have been assessed against the NAAC Assured Land-Based Contractor (Generic) Standard in the current scheme year. Ideally, both audits will be carried out together. Please note, certification cannot be granted without conformity with the generic and agricultural operation standards.

The NAAC scheme is designed to help contractors involved in agricultural operations to identify the hazards and critical control points of the process.

These critical control points will include:

  • Ensuring that personnel involved in the operations are suitably skilled;
  • Ensuring that machinery is regularly and appropriately maintained and cleaned;
  • Adopting production processes, such as record keeping, which ensures full traceability;
  • Identifying and controlling hazards which might occur.

The scheme will establish a framework of good and safe working practices, to be verified by independent external assessors that will enable members of the scheme to provide a safe, traceable and professional agricultural contracting service to meet the requirements of national quality assurance programmes.

The scheme is open to NAAC members and non-members and the Association will provide contractors with the appropriate support and advice.

VIEW THE AGRICULTURAL OPERATIONS STANDARD

Spreading Materials to Agricultural Land Standard

The NAAC’s Spreading Materials to Agricultural Land standard is a module to the Agricultural Operations Scheme, and therefore the  contractor must also have been assessed against the NAAC Assured Land-Based Contractor (Generic) Standard, and the Agricultural Operations standard before certification can be granted.

Spreading contractors and their customers must co-operate to ensure safe, traceable spreading of material such as slurry, manure and digestate. This Scheme offers customers genuine assurance about the activity of contractors.

The module applies to contractors who spread materials to agricultural land, including slurry and manure, sewage sludge and waste materials, when used in accordance with relevant regulations.

The NAAC scheme is designed to help contractors involved in the spreading of material to agricultural land to identify the hazards and critical control points of the spreading process. The scheme aims to help the person(s) spreading materials to fully understand, and to be able to show full understanding of, best practice, health and safety, bio-security and the control points of that process including:

  • Both contractors and land owners understand their responsibilities;
  • Personnel involved in the spreading of materials are suitably skilled and aware of any regulations and guidelines surrounding these materials;
  • Spreading equipment/vehicles are regularly and appropriately maintained and cleaned;
  • Hazards and risks are identified and controlled to prevent endangering human or animal health, adversely affecting the environment or causing public nuisance.

The scheme establishes a framework of good and safe working practices to be verified by independent external assessors that will enable members of the scheme to produce a safe, fully traceable service to meet requirements of national farm assurance schemes.

VIEW THE SPREADING WASTE TO LAND STANDARD

To find out more or to organise an audit and become a professional ALBC contractor contact the NAAC