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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 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

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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!!)

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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
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

Notify

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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

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Basic Pesticide Safety: Spill Plan Document

Clean-up

Documentation

Summary –dry spills

Summary –wet spills

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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 *

Continue talk *

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 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 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
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