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116 • MINIMAL EXPOSURE PESTICIDES

B E C A U S E O F S P E C I F I C H A Z - ards that are not mitigated by instruc- tions on their labels, pesticides with certain active ingredients are classified as minimal exposure pesticides. By regulation, people who handle these pesticides must follow special use requirements, in addition to those on the labels, developed to reduce handler exposure and mitigate hazards associ- ated with using these pesticides. A list of the minimal exposure pesticides, as well as use conditions and require- ments can be found on the DPR web site, www.cdpr.ca.gov.

Conditions of Use

The following conditions apply to certain minimal exposure pesticides:

  • Applications of oxydemeton- methyl to ornamental landscape trees and shrubs must be made by trunk injection or soil injection methods only.

  • Applications of oxydemeton- methyl and propargite are not allowed within a greenhouse.

Minimal Exposure Pesticide Safety Requirements

These additional safety requirements take effect regardless of the toxicity category of the pesticide products used. Employers are responsible for provid- ing change and decontamination facilities, proper protective clothing, and proper mixing equipment and respirator protection for employees who handle minimal exposure pesti- cides.

Change Area

For all employees who handle minimal exposure pesticides for any period of time, regardless of the toxicity category of the product being used, employers must provide an area where they can change clothes and wash themselves at the location where they complete their workday. Employ- ers must provide clean towels, soap, and adequate water for thorough washing, and they must instruct their employees to shower thoroughly with warm water and soap as soon as possible after the end of each work shift. Employers must also provide a clean, pesticide-free place for employ- ees to store any of their personal clothing that is not in use while they are at work handling minimal exposure pesticides.

Decontamination Facilities

Employers must provide decontami- nation facilities at locations where minimal exposure pesticides are mixed or loaded, regardless of the toxicity category of the product being used. Employers must ensure that employees have sufficient water, soap, and single- use towels for routine washing of their hands and face and for emergency eye flushing and washing of the entire body. The quality and temperature of the water must not cause illness or injury when it comes into contact with employees’ skin or eyes, or if they swallow it. This water must be stored separately from water used for mixing with pesticides, unless the tank holding the water for mixing with pesticides is

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