Invasive weeds: Guidance for the control of invasive weeds in or near fresh water

Health and safety

Take care when using machinery or herbicides. Environment Agency staff, contractors and others should undertake Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) assessments for the activity, and others should be aware of the risks of working near water. There is often a high risk of slipping on banks and other muddy surfaces when carrying equipment or chemicals.

All mixing and application of herbicides must be carried out in accordance with the manufacturers instructions, which will be found on the product label. All precautions recommended by the manufacturer must be followed.

Although most species in this booklet are not toxic to humans, great care should be taken to avoid contact with the sap of giant hogweed, as this can cause serious skin blistering.

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