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68 • PESTICIDE HANDLER SAFETY

THE DPR HAS ESTABLISHED

worker safety regulations

  • to provide safe working conditions for fieldworkers and other workers

  • to reduce the risk of exposure

  • to ensure the availability of medical services for employees who mix, load, apply, store, transport, or otherwise handle (see Glossary) pesticides for any use

Employers have the responsibility to make sure employees handle and use pesticides in accordance with the pesticide label and all applicable laws and regulations.

Hazard Communication Information for the Handler Employee

Hazard communication regulations require employers to identify work- place hazards, to inform employees about the hazards they face in the workplace, and to make sure employ- ees understand the procedures they must follow to protect themselves. The regulations establish specific proce- dures employers must follow in maintaining and disseminating hazard communication information to employ- ees who may be exposed to pesticides during the course of their work.

Before handler employees are allowed to handle pesticides, the employer must display in a central location a copy of Hazard Communica- tion Information for Employees Handling Pesticides in Agricultural Settings

(Pesticide Safety Information Series leaflet A-8) or Hazard Communication Information for Employees Handling Pesticides in Noncrop Settings (Pesticide Safety Information Series leaflet N-8). If an employee asks, the employer must read him or her Pesticide Safety Information Series leaflet A-8 and/or N-8 in a language the employee understands.

Employers must maintain the following information at a central location and make it accessible to employees, their physicians, or their representatives:

  • pesticide use records for pesticides and pesticide handling activities that are conducted by the employees

  • copies of Pesticide Safety Information Series leaflets for the pesticides and pesticide handling activities that are listed in the pesticide use records

AND

  • a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for each pesticide listed in the pesticide use records referred to above

Employers must inform employees of the location and availability of these records and other documents before employees are allowed to handle pesticides, and at least annually thereafter. If the location of the records and other documents changes, employ- ers must promptly inform their employees of the new location.

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