Newsletter of the Singapore Pest Management Association
Jan – Mar 2011 Issue No. Pip 032
Revamped Vector Control Courses -
MOU signing ceremony held at ITE
W e are delighted to have worked together with
the National Environment Agency (NEA) and
Institute of Technical Education (ITE) to launch the
as Pest Management Course for Technicians and Pest
Control Course for Workers.
revamped vector control courses with the objective of The courses incorporate both the theory and practical
incorporating skills training for new recruits into our components. They will also be offered as an elective to
industry. These courses replace the existing programmes new students enrolling at ITE, which earns 2 credits.
which were set up in 1998.
The ITE commenced the registration for the Workers
A Technical Committee was set up to work on the courses in July followed by the Technician courses in
mechanics of transfer of roles and to incorporate September last year. Application could be submitted
improvements to the training modules in the area online at the ITE website.
of skills upgrading in August 2009. The working
committee comprises of NEA staff (2 from EHI and 1 With the permission of ITE, the SPMA website is
from SEI), members from ITE, 4 from SPMA and another hyperlinked to the ITE website for easy access to
2 members from an equipment-supplier company their online registration of courses and other latest
and an independent member without afﬁliation. The information.
working committee convened their 1st meeting on 5
August 2009, which was held at ITE. A MOU was signed ofﬁcially at a ceremony held at ITE
on 23 November 2010.
These Vector Control Courses were ﬁnalised after
several months of discussion. The courses are named
We are thrilled by this long awaited
initiative and see this project
to fruition. This is a big step to
improving the professionalism of
our ﬁeld operatives.
Pesticide & The Identity Card
I dentity has always been the most critical factor in veriﬁcation and validation of any
person in question. Ensuring and conﬁrming the identity of a person avoids any fatal
errors in the regulatory affairs of an individual in the investigation process. Generally,
the systematic and consistent presentation of personal information reveals relevant data
in order to get sound knowledge of an individual. In this sense the identity card plays an
important functional role.
The same applies to pesticide identiﬁcation and this identiﬁcation record is known as the
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and its conjoint twin Labelling.
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
MSDS refers to a widely used format for recording and compiling on-demand technical
and safety information of a speciﬁc product; be it a pure chemical, a chemical compound
or chemical mixtures (formulated chemical, exp.? Pesticide). The earliest recorded MSDS
was a written material by an Egyptian physician more than 4000 years ago. However, the
mandatory requirement of MSDS for hazardous chemical reference was implemented
by the US Government’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) which
came into effect from 1986. Alternatively, Safety Data Sheet (SDS) may replace the MSDS
in certain countries and for certain products to serve the same purpose.
A standard MSDS is divided into 16 sections and must consist of three essential information
of the product; the composition and properties of the substance, the product stewardship
and workplace safety. However, different countries have different MSDS classiﬁcation
systems, for example, there are only 10 sections in the MSDS for Taiwan and India. In
general, the 16 standard sections are as listed below:
1. Identiﬁcation of substance or preparation
2. Hazards identiﬁcation
3. Information on ingredients
4. First aid measures
5. Fire-ﬁghting measures
6. Accidental release
7. Handling and storage
8. Exposure controls and personal protection
9. Physical and chemical properties
10. Stability and reactivity
11. Toxicological information
12. Ecological information
13. Disposal considerations
14. Transport information
15. Regulatory information
16. Other information
The ﬁrst three sections of MSDS detail the composition and properties of the substances.
These three sections describe details of manufacturer (name and address) and product
name. Occasionally, they may also list the synonyms of the product. There is a composition
table in section 3 to describe proportion or concentration of particular substances of the
pesticide formulation. The active ingredient together with the CAS or EU number is for
ease of veriﬁcation and conﬁrmation of the substance.
The information regarding workplace safety can be found in sections 4 to 8, which
provide applicators with the necessary information and procedures to handle the
pesticide safely. It helps prepare the applicator against any possible accidents and equip
them with emergency handling guidelines or measures.
Section 9, 10, 13 and 14 provide procedures for handling pesticides, for storage, disposal
or transport. For example: the ﬂash point is the temperature at which the liquid vaporizes
and form an inﬂammable mixture, and is important in the ﬁre hazard prevention.
Section 11 and 12 describes the dangers of using the product. Toxicological information
is to explains how individuals are exposed to the pesticide whether directly or indirectly
(routes of entry) and its level of toxicity. There are three common type of possible entry
route– oral (through mouth), dermal (through skin contact) and inhalation (through
e se or concentration of the
breathing). The toxicity level LD50 or LC50 refers to the dose or concen ncen
als n th test
pesticide sufﬁcient to cause 50% mortality of the animals in the te (which co h could be ratst
e effects f th pesticide when
or rabbits). Ecological information describes the adverse effec s of the pestic de when
ted h or bees). e toxicological
released into an aquatic or soil environment, (tested on ﬁsh or bee The toxicological ogic
ironmental studies conducted before a
data indirectly reﬂects the research and environmental studies co e eo
product can be registered and commercially manufactured.
e is important
Another way of identifying pesticide is from the product label. It is important as
it provides information about the pesticide given to applicators in the ﬁeld. There is
r e the product
duct g the
recommendation or direction for use on the produ label, providing the method of
on, he and application
handling and method of application, th dilution rate an the rate of application against
the target pest. For example, the recommended dilution rate for Resigen is 1:100 using
a e spray er u
used thermal fogging.
an application rate of 50L space spray per hectare when used in thermal foggin
The label also explains different recommended dilution rates or application rates for
different target pests. A good example of this is Sumithrin® 10SEC which has recommended
which s recommended d
dilution rate of 1:50 against ﬂeas and ticks but a dilution rate 1: 10 and an application
rate 100ml per 1000m3 for ULV indoor treatment against house ﬂies or other ﬂying
insects. Moreover, the basic safety precautions are clearly stated on the label, such as
general, prevention, response, storage and disposal. Poison symbols may also be on the
label to grade the hazard level of the product.
Singapore government organizations have set a deadline of 5 years (to end 2013), to
put in place a Globally Harmonized System (GHS) to harmonise the classiﬁcation and
labelling of chemicals and to establish a consistent and uniform communication tool.
blish t and m communication
ors basic understanding
In conclusion, professional pesticide applicators must have a basic understanding of
h n the their
MSDS and product labels of all the pesticides which they use in th course of thei work,
to ensure that they adhere to the correct application methods and that they observe all
safety requirements spelt out in these identiﬁcation documents.
Contributed by – Dr How Yee Fatt
bizSAFE – Safety Processes
W hen accidents happen, who do we blame?? The management? The staff? The
environment? The equipment?
Rather than blaming, why don’t we sit down and think how we could have avoided
such incidences from happening.
Therefore, an initiative programme bizSAFE, was developed by Workplace Safety and
Health Advisory Committee (WSHAC) which is being supported by the Ministry of
Manpower to encourage safety awareness through the company’s actions.
The bizSAFE programme is basically a pledge of commitment for
any company that wants to improve workplace safety and health.
This programme is only successful when the top management
and all levels subsequently demonstrates its commitment to
ensure a workplace that is conducive for work and safe for
It’s a 5 different level programme –
CEO/ Top management to attend a ½ day bizSAFE workshop to
develop WSH values.
Company to nominate a Risk Management Champion (RM)
2nd Level who will need to attend a 2- day course and establish a Risk
RM Champion to kick-start the Risk Management programme
with the guidance of a consultant.
Company must elect a Workplace Safety and Health
Management System (WSHMS) Champion who will need
to attend WSHMS course and then establishes the WSHMS
programme for the company.
WSHS programme is placed into action and the Company must
5th Level engage an independent third-party certiﬁcation company must
ensure the WSHMS meets SS506 or it’s equivalent.
Let’s make Safety a mantra in our industry. For more information on bizSAFE
programme, you may visit the website at www.wshc.sg
AVA Guidelines On Use Of Animal Traps
W e received an email from AVA giving us some
guidelines for the capture, handling and transport
of animals. Appended below is the information:-
are not used, steps should be taken to prevent the
dogs from ﬁghting and injuring each other. Where
cats are observed to ﬁght, they should be kept in
Any trapped animal should be surrendered immediately or
at the earliest possible time to the Agri-Food & Veterinary 7 Different species of animals should not be kept next
Authority (AVA) for Animal Welfare and Control (CAWC) to each other.
at 75 Pasir Panjang Road, otherwise kindly contact AVA
at 1800 476 1600 or email to email@example.com to 8 Any animal captured or collected should be taken
surrender the animal. to the place of surrender or a holding place with
minimum delay. Animals can be very easily stressed
Capture and Handling and succumb to heat stroke if kept in hot vehicles
1. When catching dogs or any animal it is important for long periods. Therefore, they should not be
to prevent any unnecessary suffering or distress. transported around longer than necessary or held in
Animals should not be handled roughly. vehicles that do not have proper ventilation or air-
2. Proper equipment such as lassoes, nets and dog
poles / graspers should be used. Correct use of such 9. Chemicals, rescue equipment, and other loose objects
equipment is essential. should be kept in the same compartment as the
animals that are being transported so as to prevent
3. Lassoes should not be too tight (should be loose risk of injury to the animals.
enough to put two ﬁngers under the collar or rope
used). Where slip knots are used, steps must be taken Others
to ensure that the lasso does not choke the dog when 10 The company must have a proper place to hold
it is pulled. animals if its ofﬁcers are catching or trapping animals
on weekends or public holidays (when the place of
4. Any animals trap should be placed in an area surrender may be closed). In the holding place, the
sheltered from the sun and rain. Traps set up in the animals must be provided with suitable food, water
open should be covered to protect the animals from and comfortable accommodation. They should have
sun and rain. sufﬁcient space to stand, lie down and turn around.
They should be delivered to the place of surrender as
5. All set traps should be monitored on a daily basis. Any soon as possible.
animal found caught in the trap must be removed
immediately and transported to a place of surrender 11. Any sick or injured animals captured or collected is
(AVA / SPCA) or a holding place. to be provided with veterinary attention as soon
as possible to prevent any unnecessary suffering
Transport (veterinary attention may mean humane euthanasia
6. Cages are preferred for keeping animals in the by a veterinary surgeon).
vehicles. The cages must be of suitable size to allow
the animals freedom of movement so that they are 12. Proper records of the animals and the date, time and
not restricted in standing or lying down. Where cages place of capture should be kept.
Spma Sub Committees ∂∂∂∂∂∂∂∂∂∂∂∂∂∂
Public Relations & Communications
Theme of Seminar : “From A Garden City to a City in A Garden;
Mr David Lee Director
Ms Sharnjeet Kaur Editor Speakers:
Mr John Lui Member Prof Lee Chow Yang of the Universiti Sains Malaysia-
Mr Andrew K W Chan Member Topic: “Sustainable Pest Management in an Urban Environment”
Mr Alvin Goh Member
Prof Ahmad Said Sajap of the Universiti Putra Malaysia-
Mr Noh Bin Mohd Member Topic: “Popular Trees and Plants for Urban Gardens and the
Mr Albert Lee Member Pest Threats”
Dr Indra Vithilingam of the Environmental Health Institute (NEA)-
Topic: "New Innovations in Dengue Control in Singapore"
Mr Ng Say Kiat Director
Mr Andrew Chan Eng Loo Member Venue : The Auditorium, Temasek Club
Date : Friday, 1 April 2011
Skills Upgrading, Training & Technical Activities Time : 9.00am to 12.30pm
Ms Sharon Kee Director
Registration Fee: S$80.00 Members / S$100.00 Non-Members
Mr Patrick Koh Member
Ms Jean Teoh Member Closing date of registration: Friday, 18 March 2011
Mr Philip Tan Member (First-come-ﬁrst-served basis)
Mr Heng Yiwei Member
Singapore Pest Management Association
Governing Council 2010-2012
Title Name Company Tel Email
President Mr Andrew Chan Eng Loo Alliance Pest Management Pte Ltd 9189 2233 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President Mr Ng Say Kiat Fumiga (Pte) Ltd 9633 9568 email@example.com
Hon. Secretary Ms Sharon Kee Horsburgh Engineering (FE) Pte Ltd 6273 1583 firstname.lastname@example.org
Asst. Hon. Secretary Mr Albert Lee Hou Kit Services Pte Ltd 9855 8996 email@example.com
Hon. Treasurer Mr Patrick Koh Life Member 9671 6659 firstname.lastname@example.org
Asst. Hon. Treasurer Mr Alvin Goh Legion Pest Control Pte Ltd 9671 8318 email@example.com
Council Member Mr Andrew Chan Kin Wah Asiatic Agricultural Industries Pte Ltd 9380 9171 firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Member Mr David Lee The Pestman, Pte Ltd 9683 8331 email@example.com
Council Member Mr Heng Yiwei Agro Technic Pte Ltd 9823 3734 firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Member Ms Jean Teoh Peter Pest Control Service Co Pte Ltd 6565 1314 email@example.com
Council Member Mr John Lui ABJ Pte Ltd 8282 4646 firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Member Mr Noh Bin Mohd Premier Eco-Care Pte Ltd 9459 7120 email@example.com
Council Member Mr Philip Tan People’s White Ants & Pest Control Co 9637 9897 firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Member Ms Sharnjeet Kaur Express Pest Solutions Pte Ltd 6841 3545 email@example.com
Mr Dennis Ho
Hp: 9437 1099 Fax: 6484 4270
Mailing Address: Crawford Post Ofﬁce, P O Box 514, Singapore 911901
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org • Website : www.spma.org.sg