86 • FIELDWORKER SAFETY
Property operators must keep certain records accessible to employees, including a Material Safety Data Sheet for each pesticide that has been applied to the field within the last two years.
the pesticide use records (Figure 6- 2). The MSDS is developed by the registrant and may not exist or be available for every pesticide. If the registrant does not provide an MSDS but an employee, employee representative, or the employee’s physician requests the MSDS, the operator of the property must make a written inquiry to the pesticide registrant requesting the MSDS be sent to him or her. The employer must make this written inquiry within seven working days of the request, and they must follow certain procedures in their request. Contact the county agricultural commissioner or DPR for further instructions on the procedures to follow. Before employees are allowed to enter pesticide treated fields, the property operator must inform them of the availability and location of the pesticide use records, PSIS leaflets, and MSDSs. The PSIS leaflets provide additional information about a specific pesticide, the use of closely-related pesticides, or general information about pesticide safety (e.g., first aid, respiratory protection, storage, and disposal). PSIS leaflets are written and devel- oped by DPR. If employees are working for a labor contractor, the property operator must inform the labor contractor of the location of these
records and other documents. The labor contractor must then inform the employees. If the location of records, documents, or information changes, the property operator must immediately inform employees or the labor contrac- tor of their new location.
Employers are required to inform their employees that they, their physi- cians, and their representatives have the right to access information about pesticides to which they may be exposed. Also, employers must inform their employees that they are protected against discharge or other discrimina- tion for exercising their rights.
Upon request, the property operator must make the above-specified records and documents available to the employee, the employee representative, the labor contractor, or the employee’s physician within 48 hours.
Employers are responsible for supplying application information, understanding who is qualified to be in treated areas, and planning emergency medical care and providing decontami- nation facilities for employees.
Application-Specific Information. When employees work in treated fields on property used for commercial or research production of an agricultural