Disposable dust and mist masks showing NIOSH approval and a rating of at least N-95, P-95, or R-95 are the simplest form of respiratory protection. They are lightweight, soft, and usually comfortable to wear. Two elastic straps hold them in place. Some have soft metal bands or a soft pliable edge that shape around the bridge of the nose and face for a better seal.
Some pesticide labels require the use of NIOSH approved cartridge respirators. The label will specify the type of cartridge required based on the pesticide and its formulation. Cartridge respirators remove low levels of pesticide vapors, dusts, and mists from the air but provide limited or no protection against fumigants (gases) where a SCBA or an air-supplied respirator is required.
Respirator use, whether required by the label or voluntary, can carry employer responsibilities. This may include training, fit testing, and, in most instances, a physical examination and written release from a physician. Contact your local county agricultural department for details.
TRANSPORTING AND STORING PESTICIDES
Transporting. There is always a risk of a spill or uncontrolled release of a pesticide should an accident occur while transporting it in a vehicle. For this reason, it is a good idea to always carry a spill kit in the vehicle. Spilled materials may cause serious human exposure and environmental damage. Some pesticides are flammable, adding dangers of fire and toxic vapors. There is a risk of passing vehicles becoming contaminated, possibly endangering people inside, or the vehicles spreading the pesticide beyond the spill site, further endangering people, animals, and surrounding areas. Spilled chemicals may wash into ditches, streams, and rivers during rainstorms,
creating the potential for serious damage, including groundwater contamination. Spilled pesticides may also contaminate the vehicle, its occupants, or other cargo. It may be impossible to remove all residues from a vehicle.
Never carry pesticides in the passenger compartment of any vehicle. The safest way to transport pesticides is in the back of a truck. Secure all pesticide containers in the cargo area and protect them from rain and other potential damage. Never stack pesticide containers higher than the sides of the transporting vehicle. Secure fumigant cylinders in the vehicle in an upright position. Be sure all cylinders have screw-on steel bonnets to protect valve mechanisms. When transporting pesticides, never allow children, adults, or animals to ride in the cargo area. Also, never transport food, animal feed, or clothing in the same compartment. Do not leave containers unattended in a vehicle unless they are inside a locked compartment. To assist emergency workers in case of an accident, it is advisable to carry a manifest or list of the pesticides in the vehicle and a MSDS for each.
Should an accident occur where pesticides spill on public roadways, call 9-1-1 at once. Keep people and other vehicles away. Never leave the scene of a spill until responsible help arrives. For advice on cleaning up spills, contact CHEMTREC (Chemical Transportation Emergency Center) at 1-800-424-9300. Call this number only in the case of an actual emergency. There are times when the person or company
CHEMTREC 1-800-424-9300 Emergencies Only
HANDLING ANTIMICROBIAL PESTICIDES