NSTS Testing


If you would like to book in your sprayer with us for a test please fill in the form below or
Give us a call to book in your sprayer with SprayTrac on 01423 322377 or send us an email at test@spraytrac.com
Please  have a look at the following documentation to ensure you have everything you need for your test. If not let us know before we come:
From November 2015 all sprayers in the UK must have a sprayer test and there are no longer grandfather rights.
This is governed by the National Sprayer Testing Service or NSTS. (http://www.nsts.org.uk) 
By not having a test this could also affect your crop assurance. 
We charge you the price we pay for the test plus mileage, parts and labour therefore guaranteeing you the best value for money.
We work with you to get your sprayer through to test standard so you dont have to pay for multiple tests.
We also show you how to get the most out of your sprayer for your current situation with little refreshers and are happy to go over any questions.
SprayTrac's policy is to work through the sprayer in accordance with the test requirements and fix it to ensure it passes the test. Our engineers are highly knowledgeable and carry a wide range of parts for all makes of sprayers to ensure it reaches test standard.
The test allows the sprayer to be functioning at its best and means that there will be less of a chance of a breakdown when you need to be spraying. 
What NSTS say about the test:
The full test consists of 47 test items, the first 30 of which must be satisfied to receive a pass certificate. The subsequent 10 are advisory and the final 7 are optional test elements.
This comprehensive test covers all the application components of the sprayer to ensure the machine is working correctly and efficiently with further considerations of safety for the sprayer operative and the environment.
Major components of the sprayer tested include control systems, hoses and pipework, nozzles and nozzle control systems, filters, pumps, tank, chemical induction systems and booms. In addition it is recommended that computer control systems are checked to maximize efficiency and to satisfy the calibration element of crop assurance schemes.
When
By 26th November 2016 Ensure that all non-exempt pesticide application equipment in use, including slug pellet and granular applicators have been tested.
By 2020 Ensure all pesticide application equipment with a boom over 3m, air blast sprayers and aerial sprayers has been tested within the last 5 years.
After 2020 Ensure all pesticide application equipment with a boom over 3m, air blast and aerial sprayers are tested every 3 years. Boom sprayers of 3m or less need to be re-tested every six years, along with slug pellet, granular and other applicators. For knapsacks, hand-held and pedestrian controlled machines ensure they are checked regularly, against a checklist available at www.voluntaryinitiative.org.uk and www.nsts.org.uk and a record is kept.
UK regulation requires that all pesticide application equipment in use is tested by 26th November 2016.
Equipment to be tested by this date includes: m All boom sprayers over 3m in width, air blast sprayers, train sprayers and equipment mounted on aircraft. m Boom sprayers of 3m or less. m Other forms of pesticide application equipment including, slug pellet applicators, micro-granular applicators, weed wipers, fogging, misting and smoking equipment, seed treatment equipment, sub-surface liquid applicators and other forms of specialist application equipment. Equipment then requires further testing at regular intervals (see overleaf). New equipment has until its fifth anniversary to be tested for the first time. Knapsacks, hand-held and pedestrian controlled equipment DO NOT need to be formally tested but need to be regularly inspected. The UK’s only recognised testing scheme is the National Sprayer Testing Scheme.
Why does this matter?
A well maintained and regularly tested machine helps to ensure pesticide operations are safe for the operator and environment, ensuring efficient and accurate on target application.
These measures are legal requirements. Non-compliance could lead to prosecution and threaten your farm assurance status and single farm payment. NB. Many farm assurance schemes require annual testing.
Why do you have to do this?
All EU countries are implementing the Sustainable Use Directive (SUD)*. The Directive sets minimum standards for the safe use of professional plant protection products (pesticides). Due to existing VI schemes: the National Sprayer Testing Scheme (NSTS), Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plans and National Register of Sprayer Operators (NRoSO), many farmers and growers are meeting most of the requirements of the Directive. However, those not currently having all their sprayers, granular applicators, slug pelleters and other pesticide application equipment in use tested or checked, will now need to do so.
What equipment is exempt from testing?
Knapsacks, hand held and pedestrian controlled machines do not require a formal test, however, they should be checked on a regular basis, against a checklist with a record kept.
All info is from NSTS - http://www.nsts.org.uk/static/assets/downloads/SprayerTestingLeaflets.pdf