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Handling Antimicrobial Pesticides

t is important when using antimicrobial pesticides for you to protect yourself, other employees, and the public from any exposure during an application and to prevent encountering residues on treated areas after the application. Be sure to notify people in the area about any planned application. Explain what you are doing to reduce hazards and what they should do to avoid exposure. When possible, schedule an application for a time when people are not present. To avoid any environmental hazards, check and follow precautions listed on labels and MSDS sheets. I

HANDLE CONTAINERS CAREFULLY

Wear chemical-resistant gloves, coveralls, and other protective clothing when handling pesticide containers. Avoid dropping or throwing containers as this may cause damage, resulting in leaks. If you discover a damaged and leaking container, transfer the material to another suitable service container.

A service container is any container, other than the original labeled packaging, that holds pesticides. Manufacturers design these for applying, storing, or transporting pesticide concentrates or use-diluted preparations. If you put a pesticide into a service container, label it with the following information:

  • common name of the pesticide

  • the signal word

  • name and address of the person responsible for the container

Never leave pesticide containers unattended or stored in an unattended or unsecured storage area. Keep containers away from food and water and away from sources of moisture, heat, and fire. Never allow paper containers to get wet.

Do not eat, drink, or smoke while handling pesticides and pesticide containers. Wash thoroughly when finished handling containers and before eating, drinking, smoking, or using the bathroom.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

PPE reduces your chances of exposure to an antimicrobial pesticide during handling activities. Follow all label-mandated PPE requirements. Handlers must start each workday with clean PPE. Employers are responsible for cleaning and maintaining PPE. Soiled PPE should never be reused until properly cleaned. Employers must arrange to have PPE cleaned at the end of the workday, and must replace any that becomes heavily soiled during the workday.

HANDLING ANTIMICROBIAL PESTICIDES

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