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Good thing you planned ahead!

As with any hazardous substance you must be prepared for pesticide emergencies. This is where prior planning comes in handy. Knowing your role can help keep you and fellow employees safe during a response.

Location and information

You should know where pesticides and other hazardous chemicals are kept. This information helps you understand how to respond to an emergency. In fact, you’ll need any information you can get should an emergency happen. Specifically you’ll want to know:

  • The product name.
  • The active ingredients.
  • The EPA registration number.
  • First aid antidote and other medical information from the label or SDS.
  • The circumstances on how the pesticide was being used.
  • The circumstances on how the person was exposed.

Next, you’ll need a plan ready for who to contact. In most cases, the appropriate emergency information must be posted near every phone. This information includes, but is not limited to:

  • Emergency response number.
  • Fire Department phone number.
  • Emergency coordinator’s name and phone number.
  • Locations of fire alarms and extinguishers.
  • Locations of spill control materials.

Attention to detail

Emergencies seldom happen, but they are possible. It’s important you pay close attention to detail, take notes on the emergency’s outcome, and learn for future reference. Being well-prepared can save you or your fellow employee’s lives.