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Let’s cover pesticide hazards!

Pesticides can be dangerous if you’re working in areas that have been treated or sprayed or if you handle and apply them. It’s important you follow all the manufacturers recommendations found on the chemical container label or safety data sheet.

Equally important is your ability to check with your supervisor for information about pesticides used at your facility so you understand risks of exposure to them.

Signs and symptoms of exposure

You may be exposed to different types of chemicals including pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fumigants. Pesticides can enter through your:

  • Skin
  • Eyes
  • Lungs

Staying safe

While it’s your employer’s duty to warn you of hazards related to pesticides, it’s your duty to be aware of safety protocol and procedures.

Remember to:

  • Read and follow all chemical container label directions.
  • Read and follow all posted signs about keeping out of restricted areas.
  • Wear the required PPE when working with pesticides including gloves, eye protection, aprons, and respirators.
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands and face before eating, drinking, chewing gum or tobacco, applying cosmetics, or when using the toilet.
  • Avoid contact with the pesticide. If a pesticide is sprayed or spilled on you, wash up immediately.
  • Wash pesticide contaminated work-clothes separately from other clothing.

Key to remember: Know when and where pesticides are used in your facility no matter what job duties you have.