At the recent Audit & Risk Meeting of the City of Wolverhampton, I raised the question of weedkiller with the Committee. Clearly I want to be sure that the use of these chemicals are providing little or no risk, to operatives and the general public.
Here is the written response I have received.
“In response to the risk management query raised at Audit Committee on Monday 10 June I’ve identified the following;The Health and Safety Team have confirmed that there have been no incidents reported to them with regards to the use of weed killer in the City.
I’ve spoken to the Head of Environmental Services who has confirmed the following with regards to the use of weed killer in Wolverhampton;
Herbicides are used for the control of unwanted weeds and it is effective in the control of vegetation. The chemical glyphosate is used around hedge bases, lamp columns and other obstacles, this is a cost effective way of reducing maintenance and potential damage or injury to machine operatives, the public and property (from flying debris caused by strimming).
Glyphosate is safe to use. However, we have noted that some issues regarding glyphosate have been raised in some quarters (mainly manufacturing) and therefore efforts to identify possible alternatives are being made. There have been issues in the past with damage to both property and vehicles due to employees carrying out strimming. Chemical usage is also more cost effective as it reduces employee time and the need for ongoing maintenance.”
I am pleased to receive this response and will continue to ask the appropriate questions moving into the future.