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Pesticides Amateur User Habit survey 2013 - PS2817

Pesticides are widely used in homes and gardens, with the total quantity of plant protection products used by the public representing about 16% of the total amount used in the UK. Therefore whilst the products licensed for domestic use are lower risk than professional products, their use by large numbers of untrained individuals raises potential health and safety and environmental concerns.
The Chemicals Regulation Directorate is working with other stakeholders to encourage best practice in use and storage, and to ensure the safe disposal of unused products and empty containers. In 2007 and 2010, the Chemical Regulation Directorate contracted Resource Futures to conduct research into the extent of potentially unsafe or environmentally damaging pesticide user habits.
The repeat of this survey in 2013 will support the ongoing work of the CRD, in particular the work is required for the following purposes:
• It will allow an assessment of whether users habits are the same, or whether they have changed as a consequence of improved labelling which have entered the supply chain (from the amateur labelling review by the Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP)).
• It will review if amateur gardeners are continuing to increase the amount of container recycling, which would help confirm the outcome of the amateur container recycling project (leading to clearly encouraging or discouraging recycling on the label).
• The data from the survey will be made available and feed in to other R&D work involved in building a model on plastics recycling being carried out by the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA).
• The survey will be made available online in 2013 in order to try and increase the sample size of respondents.
The research in 2007 and 2010 was undertaken by Resource Futures through a survey of domestic gardeners at six garden centre locations around the UK. The survey included respondents’ attitudes to gardening, their age bracket; type and number of pesticides purchased; main location(s) of purchases; reading of instructions and other channels through which information on pesticide use is accessed; type of product used; method of application; location and duration of storage; disposal of pesticide containers and pesticides.
The pesticide user habits survey 2013 will be based on the previous surveys updated to ensure disposal routes and industry developments are included and the same or similar garden centre locations. The previous work was conducted during May; therefore surveys will be completed during May 2013. Following completion of the market research phase of the project, Resource Futures will analyse the results and compare them with the findings in 2007 & 2010, highlighting any conclusions in a report to the Chemical Regulation Directorate.
Following sign off of the report, the results will be presented to the Pesticides Forum (October) and the Amateur Liaison Group (October/November) .
Over 1 week in May 2013 carryout surveys of members of the public at six garden centres and record responses.
2. Post the survey online and disseminate through the Amateur Liaison Group.
3. Collate responses from both on the ground and online surveys.
4. Analyse the survey responses and compare to the results from the 2010 and 2007 surveys.
5. Provide the raw data to the CRD.
6. Present the findings to the Pesticides Forum and ALG
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Pesticide user habits survey 2013 Final   (1947k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2013

To: 2013

Cost: £19,642
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Resource Futures Ltd
Pesticide use              
Fields of Study
Pesticide Safety