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Herbicide And Pesticide Safety

As part of the job, employees are often required to handle herbicides and pesticides. These products are very effective in repelling pests. However, they can be dangerous to their health and the health of patrons. It is important that you share with employees the following safety precautions when they are working with herbicides or pesticides:

  • If a chemical is new to you, read the product label to learn about safe and proper use.
  • If the label warns against exposure to the eyes, lungs, skin or clothing, wear the right gear to protect your body.
  • Follow the directions on the label regarding how to apply the product and what equipment must be used.
  • Notice the first-aid instructions in case of an accidental poisoning.
  • Follow directions regarding how to store and dispose of the product after usage.
  • Check your clothing for defects and holes before wearing it while handling chemicals.
  • Do not smoke, eat, drink, apply cosmetics or use the washroom directly following or while you are using herbicides and pesticides.
  • Be mindful of where others are located when applying chemicals.
  • Do not use herbicides and pesticides when winds are stronger than 16 km/hr.
  • to avoid blowing the chemicals to unwanted areas or onto other workers or patrons.
  • After application, rinse your tools and equipment three times. Then pour the rinse water into the pesticide container.
  • During application, chemicals may settle on you and your clothing, and can be carried into your vehicle and your home.
  • Immediately wash areas of your body that came in contact with the product, and shower promptly after completing cleanup and storage procedures.

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