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Basic Pesticide Safety Reemphasis of some of the important points. Basic Pesticide Safety: Method Selection. Use the method which Is ecologically effective Poses lowest risk to the human environment Is cost effective Not necessarily a pesticidal method

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Basic pesticide safety reemphasis of some of the important points
Basic Pesticide SafetyReemphasis of some of the important points

Basic pesticide safety method selection
Basic Pesticide Safety: Method Selection

  • Use the method which

    • Is ecologically effective

    • Poses lowest risk to the human environment

    • Is cost effective

  • Not necessarily a pesticidal method

    • If not – pesticide safety is not a concern

  • In this session we assume pesticide use

Basic pesticide safety proper use
Basic Pesticide Safety: Proper Use

  • Always treat pesticides with

    • Respect

      • Know the product

      • Know its limitations

      • Read the label

      • Know the label requirements

    • Care

      • Know the application equipment and its limits

      • Know and follow proper storage, transport and use procedures

Basic pesticide safety personnel safety
Basic Pesticide Safety: Personnel Safety

  • Avoid contact with the pesticide

    • Wear all designated safety equipment

    • Be careful of drips and spills

    • Keep hands away from eyes and mouth

    • Wash your hands before

      • Smoking

      • Eating

      • Bathroom breaks

Designated safety equipment
Designated safety equipment

  • Based on the WPS statement on the label & Regional requirements

  • Minimum in R-8

    • Long sleeved shirt & long pants of tightly woven material

    • Waterproofed boots

    • Goggles

    • Hard hat

    • Unlined nitrile gloves

Safety equipment
Safety equipment

Requirement for nitrile gloves is in conflict with F.S. fire regulations if you are working a fire in a recently treated area

Fire regulations say leather gloves, chemical presence requires nitrile

Unresolved at present – waterproofed leather gloves may ultimately be the compromise position

Safety equipment1
Safety equipment

  • It is recommended that a tyvek suit be carried to the field

  • More for modesty should someone have to change out of contaminated clothes

  • Virtually useless in the briar patch

Basic pesticide safety accidental contact
Basic Pesticide Safety: Accidental Contact

  • If you contact a pesticide

    • Clean the body parts contacted

      • Immediately, and

      • Thoroughly

    • Change clothes if necessary

    • Apply First-Aid, if necessary

    • If pesticide was swallowed, if it has gotten into the eyes, or if the person contacted is showing any symptoms resulting from the contact – get him or her to a doctor immediately

Basic pesticide safety serious exposure
Basic Pesticide Safety: Serious Exposure

  • If you have to go to a doctor

    • Notify your dispatcher and have them determine which doctor and prearrange for you to be seen immediately

    • (Which doctor should be determined from your previously prepared Spill Plan which is filed at the dispatcher’s desk)

    • Carry a copy of the label and MSDS to the doctor

Basic pesticide safety transport
Basic Pesticide Safety: Transport

  • Do not carry pesticides in the passenger compartment of a vehicle

  • Do not carry “mixed loads”

    • Carry herbicides separately from insecticides from fungicides, etc.

  • Tie containers down to avoid bouncing them around

  • Licensing requirements (Hazmat drivers)

Dot regulations loads greater than 1 000 pounds
DOT regulations: loads greater than 1,000 pounds

  • HAZMAT certification

  • Any load greater than 1,000 pounds GROSS weight

    • With water weighing about 8 pounds per gallon this restricts the load to

    • Less than 100 gallons of formulated product OR of tank mix in water

Basic pesticide safety storage
Basic Pesticide Safety: Storage

  • Store pesticides in a separate building

  • Storage area should be locked

  • And, access should be strictly limited

    (in light of the current emphasis on Homeland Security – these common sense requirements have taken on an importance and life of their own!!)

Basic pesticide safety storage1
Basic Pesticide Safety: Storage

  • Pesticides should be stacked separately

  • And, ideally, be separated by product type

  • A current inventory should be available at the dispatcher’s desk

  • Fire hazard signing should be accurate

Pesticide safety fire safety sign
Pesticide Safety- Fire Safety Sign

Pesticide safety fire sign translated
Pesticide Safety – Fire Sign Translated

FSH 6709.11,60 - Exhibits

Basic pesticide safety spills preparation
Basic Pesticide Safety: Spills Preparation

  • Spill Plan

    • Template available

    • Customize it to the District – local doctors and emergency response team phone numbers and locations

    • Update for each ongoing project (labels & MSDSs)

  • Spill kit on truck

    • Contents listed last page of spill plan

Basic pesticide safety spill plan document
Basic Pesticide Safety: Spill Plan Document

  • Typed and legible

  • Maintained current

  • Always available at dispatcher’s desk for ready access in the event of an emergency

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Basic Pesticide Safety: Spill Plan Document

Provide for care of injured or contaminated personnel

Specific concerns

Identify spilled material


Basic pesticide safety spill plan document2
Basic Pesticide Safety: Spill Plan Document

Who to notify + phone #

What they need to know

Contain the spill

Safety measures to be observed during cleanup

Basic pesticide safety spill plan document3
Basic Pesticide Safety: Spill Plan Document



Summary –dry spills

Summary –wet spills

Basic pesticide safety spill plan document4
Basic Pesticide Safety: Spill Plan Document

Phone numbers of people to notify and people or organizations who can provide assistance

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Basic Pesticide Safety: Spill Plan Document

Vehicle spill kit

Storage facility spill kit

Spill plan
Spill plan

  • Review before going to the field

  • In addition – carry label & MSDS to the field

  • Keep a copy of the current spill plan at the district dispatcher’s desk where it is readily accessed if needed

Basic pesticide safety when a spill happens
Basic Pesticide Safety: When a Spill Happens

  • Take care of injured personnel first!

  • Contain the spill

  • Get appropriate help

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Basic Pesticide Safety: When a Spill Happens

  • Reporting required:

    • Dispatcher

    • District Ranger

    • Forest Pesticide Coordinator *

  • Forest Supervisor

  • Regional HAZMAT Coordinator *

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Basic pesticide safety forest pesticide coordinators

Alabama -- Jim Clute

Chatt-Oconee -- Pat Hopton (Tallulah RD)

Cherokee – Ed Brown

Daniel Boone -- Paul Finke

Florida -- Gary Hegg (Wakulla RD)

FMS -- Jay Purnell

GW/J – Russ MacFarlane

Kisatchie --

Mississippi -- Jerry Windham

North Carolina – John Blanton

Ouachita -- Finis Harris

Ozark -- Jack Davis

Savannah River -- Jamie Scott

Texas – George Weick

Basic Pesticide Safety:Forest Pesticide Coordinators

Return *

Basic pesticide safety regional hazmat coordinator
Basic Pesticide Safety:Regional Hazmat Coordinator

Walt Sternke


Email: [email protected]

Return *

Basic pesticide safety environmental concerns
Basic Pesticide Safety: Environmental Concerns

  • Already mentioned spills

  • Caution must be taken to avoid

    • Drift

    • Leaching

    • Runoff, and

    • Other forms of off-site movement

  • Labels, MSDS, labeling and other documents help

Basic pesticide safety environmental movement
Basic Pesticide Safety: Environmental Movement

More later

Basic pesticide safety low risk pesticide use
Basic Pesticide Safety: Low Risk Pesticide Use

  • Low-risk application is the focus of all of our safety messages with respect to pesticides

  • Most of the remainder of the session will deal with how to do it right