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  • Always get medical attention when irritation persists after the flushing. Let medical providers know the name of the pesticide that caused the injury. Provide a copy of the label if it is readily available.

First Aid for Inhaled Pesticides

  • Leave the area where the exposure occurred to get away from the vapors, spilled pesticide, and further contamination. If rescuing a person in an un- known atmosphere such as an enclosed area where sulfur dioxide concentra- tion is unknown or above 2 ppm, then a SCBA or an air-supplied respirator must be worn.

  • Anyone overcome by pesticide vapors must get to fresh air immediately. Avoid physical exertion because this places an extra strain on the heart and lungs.

  • Loosen clothing to make breathing easier and release pesticide vapors trapped between clothing and the skin.

  • If breathing has stopped, or is irregular or labored, call 9-1-1 and then im- mediately begin artificial respiration (rescue breathing). Continue assisting until breathing has improved or until medical help arrives. If the person has stopped breathing and has no pulse, call 9-1-1, then immediately begin car- diopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and continue until help arrives.

  • An inhalation injury often may cause a person to go into shock. Therefore, keep the injured person calm and lying down. Prevent chills by wrapping the person in a blanket after removing contaminated clothing. Do not administer alcoholic beverages.

  • If convulsions occur, protect the victim from falls or injury and keep air pas- sages clear by making sure their head is tilted back.

  • Call 9-1-1 and request an ambulance or transport the person to the nearest medical facility. Provide medical personnel with the name of the pesticide. Provide a copy of the label if it is readily available.

First Aid for Swallowed Pesticides

  • Leave the area where the exposure occurred to get away from the vapors, spilled pesticide, and further contamination.

  • If the person is conscious and alert, give large amounts (1 quart for an adult or a large glass for a child under age 7) of water or milk. Do not give any liquids to an unconscious or convulsing person.

  • Do not induce vomiting without checking the label for instructions. Some pesticide products can cause additional harm if the victim vomits. If you do induce vomiting, make sure the person is kneeling or lying face down or on their right side. If in doubt, do not induce vomiting.

  • Call 9-1-1 and request an ambulance or transport the poisoning victim to the nearest medical facility. Provide medical personnel with as much information as possible about the swallowed pesticide. Provide a copy of the label if it is readily available.

Disposing of Contaminated Clothing and Other Contaminated Items

When a pesticide emergency arises, there may be contamination of clothing, PPE, and other items. This contamination may be greater than incidental contamination during normal mixing and application operations. As a result, it may not be possible to remove the entire pesticide residue. Handling contaminated clothing could be

PESTICIDE LAWS AND REGULATIONS

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