Pesticide safety: maintain good personal hygiene.

Pesticide safety: maintain good personal hygiene.

As a pest management professional, some of the most important pesticide safety steps you can take to protect yourself and others after working with pesticides are also some of the simplest. Maintaining good personal hygiene helps ensure that family and friends won’t come into contact with the powerful materials you use on the job. Be sure to wash your hands and bathe after handling, mixing or applying pesticides. Wash and store your work clothes separately from your regular laundry. Finally, wear clean work clothes and gloves whenever you’re likely to come into contact with pesticides. What other pesticide safety habits do you practice regularly? Share with us and other pest management professionals in the comments section below, it could be featured in our next safety...
Pesticide safety tip: handling for transportation, storage and spills.

Pesticide safety tip: handling for transportation, storage and spills.

Pesticides are powerful substances that must be transferred carefully in order to ensure overall safety. Follow these pesticide safety tips whenever you handle or transport pesticides: Pesticides should be kept in a locked storage container during transport. Absorbent materials such as sand should be kept on hand in case of a spill, along with a shovel, broom and bag. In the event of a spill, avoid contact with the pesticide and keep unprotected persons away from the affected area. Then, follow the instructions provided on the pesticide product label. Want more Applied Knowledge from FMC? Additional tips on safe and responsible pesticide use are available in the FMC Stewardship Brochure What safety precautions surrounding pesticides do you take on a day-to-day basis? Does your company have pesticide storage or spill protocols? Leave a comment below and let us...
Pesticide safety tip: use proper application equipment.

Pesticide safety tip: use proper application equipment.

Even when the appropriate pesticide is applied using the right equipment, applicators will not achieve optimal results if their tools are not prepared properly. To ensure even, effective treatment, only use sprayers and spreaders that have been calibrated to the approved equipment settings for the pesticide being applied. Be sure to take into account application rate, spray pressure and the size of the treatment area to ensure pesticide safety. Accurate calibration helps guarantee that a pesticide is applied at a rate that delivers effective control without endangering humans, plants and animals living nearby. After application, it is just as important to wash equipment and perform any necessary maintenance. Want more Applied Knowledge from FMC? Additional tips on safe and responsible pesticide use are available in the new FMC Stewardship...
Pesticide safety tip: wear proper Personal Protective Equipment.

Pesticide safety tip: wear proper Personal Protective Equipment.

Today’s market offers a wide range of pesticide options with various Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements to encourage pesticide safety. Fortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency requires that all pesticide product labels contain instructions regarding the necessary PPE to be worn when handling, preparing, mixing and applying pesticides. While pesticides can come into contact with the human body several different ways, most exposure comes via contact with the skin. Wearing the proper PPE for each and every interaction with pesticides not only helps to guarantee individual safety and protection, it’s required by law. At the end of each workday, ensure continued protection by discarding disposable gloves and washing PPE while verifying that it is in good condition. Want more Applied Knowledge from FMC? Additional tips on safe and responsible pesticide use are available in the new FMC Stewardship...
Pesticide safety tip: use registered and authorized pesticides.

Pesticide safety tip: use registered and authorized pesticides.

Using registered and authorized pesticides from an authorized supplier or distributor enables you to do your job effectively, maintain pesticide safety and stay in good standing with the law. It also helps eliminate the potential for human and environmental harm associated with illegal or unauthorized products. The Environmental Protection Agency requires registration applicants to submit more than 100 separate scientific studies and tests. Only pesticides that “meet the highest standards of safety to protect human health and the environment” receive EPA approval. Choosing only registered and authorized pesticides and carefully following label directions is essential to protecting your customers and the planet. Want more Applied Knowledge from FMC? Additional tips on safe and responsible pesticide use are available in our latest Stewardship...
Pesticide safety tip: dispose of products properly.

Pesticide safety tip: dispose of products properly.

Proper product disposal is not only key to finishing a job right, it’s critical to ensuring pesticide safety and protecting our environment. This is especially true when pesticides are involved, and it is important that the professionals who use them are educated on how to correctly dispose of empty containers. Plastic containers should be triple rinsed, squeezed and punctured before being taken to the nearest recycling center. Visit the Ag Container Recycling Council website for more information. Recycle empty aerosol containers and contact your local hazardous waste facility for safe disposal of containers that are not completely empty. Want more Applied Knowledge from FMC? Additional tips on safe and responsible pesticide use are available in our latest Stewardship...