Dealing with Spills Do you know what to do if you spill a hazardous product?
Problems • If spills are not cleaned up they can contaminate • Water • Soil
The 4 C’s of spills • Caution • Control • Contain • Clean-up
Caution • Assess the danger • Safety equipment • Call emergency if beyond your ability to control
Control and Contain • Stop spill or leak • Prevent contaminant from entering soil or water
Clean Up • Spills • Capture wet spill with absorbent • Sweep up captured product • Use as directed or properly dispose of contaminated material
Prevention • Never leave sprayers or spreaders unattended when they contain a product • Maintain equipment • Ready to use products – No mixing • Professional applicators • Store products in a secure location • Get rid of unused or unusable products
For more information • Michigan State University Pesticide Education – www.ipm.msu.edu/pesticide_education_safety