Workmen engaged in the use of the pesticide or chemical in pest control activities must be made aware of dangerous properties. The general safety precautions detailed below are in addition to the safe operating procedures for tools and equipment used for pest control, established by the section.
Safe use of Pesticides
Always read the label and understand the information or instruction on pesticide before using. Look for color coding, warning labels, pictogram, and safety instructions. Get advice from the supervisor.
Observe the safety precautions recommended on handling the concentrated formulation and for applying the diluted product.
Wear the necessary personal protective equipment recommended by the manufacturer.
When pouring or mixing the concentrated product, avoid splashing or spilling on the skin or clothing.
If any product splashes / spills on to the skin or eyes, flush it with water and obtain medical attention.
Contaminated clothing must be removed and washed.
For measuring out and transferring the product, use suitable equipment. Direct contact with any part of the body shall be avoided.
When spraying the diluted product, always work upwind of the spray and avoid coming in contact with it. Avoid contact with freshly sprayed foliage.
Use the correct application equipment. Maintain and use it properly. Do not use leaky equipment since leak can cause skin contamination.
- Do not attempt to blow out clogged spray nozzles with the mouth.
- Smoking, eating food or drinking is prohibited while handling / using pesticides.
- Do not touch your face or other parts of the body with contaminated hands or gloves.
- After working with the pesticides, wash your hands, face and other parts of the body. Wash work clothes each day separately from other clothing,. A good bath shall be taken at the end of the work.
- Preparation of spray mixture and loading of the machines should be done in open air.
- Never spray pesticides during windy days.
- Carefully wash all containers and machines thoroughly and collect the contaminated wash water in receptacles for final disposal as per your established procedures.
- Application work must be done in groups to help one another if anyone is affected by harmful chemicals.
Safe Handling Of Chemicals.
- Assume all chemicals to be harmful or hazardous.
- Observe the proper identification, storage, Transportation, use and disposal.
- Never swallow, inhale or allow chemicals to remain in contact with skin or other parts of the body.
- Unauthorized mixing of chemicals is not allowed.
- Chemicals should not be subjected to undue shock, pressure or heat.
- When no longer needed, safe means of disposal must be observed.
- Chemicals should be kept in their original, well sealed correctly labeled containers in cool dry and well ventilated place under lock and key. They should be kept away from food, beverages, animal feed, packing materials and tools used for these commodities.
- Destroy empty containers as per established procedures for disposal in a safe designated place and never use for any other domestic purpose.
- Keep chemicals out of reach of children or animals.
- Do not pour remains of spray mixture, rinsed water of washing materials or laundering of contaminated clothes into drains, the creek or onto land. Make sure that these pesticide residues are not washed away by running water. Dispose off them as per set procedures.
- Where possible, use pesticide formulations which do not require the use of additional personal protective clothing during hot weather conditions. If this is not possible, then apply pesticide during the cooler hours of the day when it is comfortable to wear the additional personal protection clothing.
- Personal protective equipment covering full body protection, rubber boot, hat, gloves, coverall clothing, face marks, are recommended.
- Work clothing must be kept in good condition to avoid skin contamination.
- Foot protection must be inspected regularly for any signs of damage and have them repaired or replaced accordingly.
- Work clothing including foot wear must be washed after each days work with soap/detergent and water. It must be washed separately from other clothing and kept in a separate place.