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Employers are responsible to provide adequate workplace lighting, to carry out equipment inspection, to notify employees who service application equipment of potential hazards, and to provide closed mixing systems when these are required.

Employers must install shut-off devices on the exit end of all hoses attached to mixing tanks that carry liquid pesticides with the signal word Danger or Warning. These devices must be designed so that they prevent pesticides from splashing onto the employee doing the loading when the employee stops filling the application vehicle’s tank and removes the filler hose from the tank’s inlet. A reversing action pump (or a similar system) that will empty the hose and eliminate dripping once the filling operation has stopped may be used instead.

Lighting. Whenever natural light in a mixing and loading area is not ad- equate to allow an employee to read the label and work in a safe manner, the employer must provide artificial light that is sufficient to allow the employee to perform these activities safely.

Safe Equipment. Employers must assure that the equipment employees

Aerial or ground application tanks that have a capacity of 49 gallons or more and that are used to mix or apply

78 • PESTICIDE HANDLER SAFETY

FIGURE 5-8.

Employers must equip all openings on tanks used for mixing or applying pesticides with tightly-fitting covers that prevent splashes or spills.

treated area, the employee must remove it and store it in a chemi- cal-resistant container before reentering the cab.

  • H.

    A chemical-resistant suit may be used in place of coveralls and a chemical-resistant apron.

  • I.

    Pest control aircraft pilots are not required to wear gloves while they work, but gloves must be worn by any person entering or exiting an aircraft contaminated with pesticide residues. Gloves in the cockpit must be stored in a chemical-resistant container.

Equipment Requirements

will use for mixing, loading, or apply- ing pesticides is inspected before each day of use and found to be in good repair and safe to operate. Employers must repair equipment with any safety defect to remove the hazard prior to its further use.

Employers must equip all openings on tanks used for mixing or applying pesticides with tightly-fitting covers that prevent splashes or spills (Figure 5-8). And they must not allow any flexible hose that is under pressure and carrying a liquid pesticide with the signal word Danger or Warning to pass unshielded through the cockpit of an airplane or helicopter.

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