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the application site. Be certain its use is suitable under current weather conditions. Find out what protective equipment and special application equipment the label requires.

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    Before mixing and applying the pesticide. Learn how to mix and safely apply the material. Find out what precautions to take to prevent exposure to people and nontarget organ- isms. Learn what first aid and medical treatments are necessary should an unintended human exposure occur.

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    When storing pesticides. Learn how to store the pesticide properly. Understand the special precautions to prevent fire hazards. Check the label for any prohibitions against stor- age with certain other chemicals or fertilizers. Do not store with feed or food products.

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    Before disposing of unused pesticide and empty containers. Learn how to dispose of unused pesticide material and empty containers properly to prevent environmental contamina- tion and hazards to people. Generally, containers of less than 28 gallons require triple rinsing unless they are such that they cannot be triple rinsed or if you return them to the manufacturer. (Besides following label instructions, check with the county agri- cultural commissioner in your area for additional local restrictions and requirements.) Material Safety Data Sheets. Pesticide registrants develop Material Safety Data

Sheets (MSDS) that contain important information about the hazards of each product as well as other useful information. If an employee, employee representative, or the employee’s physician asks for a copy of the MSDS, the employer must write to the pesticide registrant and request the MSDS be sent directly to the person who asked for it. The employer must make this written inquiry available within seven working days of the request and must follow certain procedures in their request. Contact the county agricultural commissioner or DPR for further instructions on the procedures to follow. Pesticide manufacturers generally prepare MSDSs for the unformulated or technical material and to assist first responders in cases of emergencies. For this reason, some warnings may be different from the label. The label applies solely to use situations. Remember that the label is the law covering pesticide use, not the MSDS.


If you perform any type of pest control for hire or apply a pesticide that fits one of the categories listed below, you must maintain records of those applications. These include pesticides:

  • designated for agricultural use, as defined in the Food and Agricultural Code Section 11408 (pesticides designated for use only on livestock are exempted)

  • designated by DPR as a restricted material and listed in Title 3, California Code of Regulations (3 CCR) Section 6400

  • listed on the Groundwater Protection List found in Title 3, California Code of Regulations (3 CCR) Section 6800(b) and used for any outdoor institutional or outdoor industrial use

  • designated for industrial use as a post-harvest commodity treatment

Keep these records for two years and make them available to the Director of DPR or the county agricultural commissioner upon request. Pesticide use reporting forms are available from your local county agricultural commissioner and from DPR. You can download the forms from: http://www.cdpr.ca.gov. Include the following information in your pesticide use records:

  • date of application

  • who applied the pesticide

  • name of the operator/manager/owner of the property where the application

took place



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