SPECIALIST chemical information is now accessible for local residents through the leading agronomist in the area.
Renowned agronomist, Bill Cowell, is giving back to his local community by sharing his specialist knowledge and experiences with people about the safety of chemical use.
Residents can now gain leading industry information on topics like chemical safety, spray drift and integrated pest management (IPM) by attending a ChemCert course.
Bill Cowell is a consultant agronomist based in Toowoomba and has extensive experience in cotton and broad acre farming. Cowell is dedicated to promoting the importance of chemical accreditation.
"People need to know the importance of using the chemicals safely," he said.
"You can't turn a blind eye to the risks of injuring yourself, your family and the wider community."
Darling Downs residents can enhance their chemical use knowledge by attending a ChemCert course.
Mr Cowell described the course as "an essential part of your farming practice".
"It is a rare opportunity to have access to specialist information," he said.
ChemCert trainers provide first-class industry information and detailed advice on chemical safety and use when you attend a ChemCert course.
The level of farm accidents involving chemicals within Australia is falling as people are being trained to use chemicals the correct way.
However, 29.2% of claims made to WorkCover Queensland in 2010/2011 were in the agricultural field.
This highlights the dangerous nature of the agricultural industry and the importance of chemical accreditation.
"Industry workers, be they farmers, bush regeneration and council staff, receive critical information to enable them to safely and successfully use chemicals," Mr Cowell said.
"Our experienced trainers adapt their delivery to maximise the value of the information given to the diverse audience."
The ChemCert AQF Level III course has been developed by leading agronomists, farmers, horticulturalists and grounds-men to provide a course that covers the latest and necessary information about safe chemical use.
The courses are directly focussed on providing real workplace solutions and practical, hands-on advice.
ChemCert is a not-for-profit organisation, supported by key industry groups from within the wider agricultural community.