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hazardous. This clothing must never be taken home or even sent to a commercial laundry for cleaning.

Place contaminated clothing and any other contaminated objects into a sealable container and dispose of these as hazardous waste. Label the container to indicate the contents are hazardous. Include on the label the name of the pesticide and its signal word. Contact the local county agricultural commissioner for instructions on how to dispose of these materials properly.

EMPLOYEE RIGHTS

Employees who handle pesticides, and those who work in treated areas, have the right to receive information about these pesticides. This includes copies of the pesticide label, MSDS, hazard communication documents, and safety leaflets. Employers must keep this information at a central location in the workplace. Inform employees where to obtain the materials and let them know they have a right to access it.

NON-COMPLIANCE

DPR and county agricultural commissioners enforce federal and California pesticide laws and regulations. Employers must take all reasonable measures to assure that employees handle and use pesticides in accordance with requirements of laws, regulations, and pesticide product labeling. Following worker safety requirements protects employees’ health and the environment. Non-compliance violates federal and state laws and may put employees in danger. DPR and county agricultural commissioners have the authority to levy substantial penalties on people who violate pesticide laws. Penalties range from $50 for minor violations to $50,000, and imprisonment, for certain violations that have, or may have, caused hazards to human health or the environment. In addition, individuals holding a license or certificate issued by DPR who violate any pesticide laws or regulations can have their license or certificate restricted, suspended, or revoked.

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