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Wear Personal Protective Equipment. Before entering an area where pesti- cides have been spilled and before beginning any cleanup, put on the PPE listed on the label for handling the concentrated material. If the spill occurs indoors or in an enclosed area, shut off all electrical appliances and motors that could produce sparks and ignite a fire or explosion. Open widows and doors to increase ventilation.

Check the pesticide label for additional precautions, but when uncertain what has been spilled, wear the maximum protection for your own safety. This includes chemical-resistant head covering, boots and gloves, waterproof protective clothing, goggles, and a respirator.

Contain the Leak. Stop the leak by transferring the pesticide to another con- tainer or by patching the leaking container (repair paper bags and cardboard boxes with strong tape) if it is safe to do so, if not, just clear the area. Use materials in the the pesticide spill kit or soil, sand, sawdust, or absorbent clay to form a containment dam around liquid leaks. Common cat litter is a good absorbent material for pesticide cleanup; also, there are commercially available absorbent products for this purpose. If the wind is blowing pesticide dusts or powders, lightly spray the area with water or cover the spill with a plastic tarp to prevent offsite movement.

Clean Up the Pesticide. Proceed to clean up the spill or leak. Brush the contain- ment dam of absorbent material toward the center of a liquid spill. Add additional absorbent material if necessary. If the spill is on soil, shovel out contaminated soil for disposal. Place the absorbent or spilled dry product, and any contaminated soil, in a sealable container. Containers for holding contaminated materials must be suitable for transporting. Label the container with the pesticide name and signal word and the name and address of the responsible party.

Clean Nonporous Surfaces and Safety Equipment. If the spill occurred on a cleanable surface, such as concrete or asphalt, use a broom to scrub the contaminated surface with a strong detergent solution. Again, clean this up with absorbent material and place it in the container. You must clean or properly dispose of equipment such as brooms, shovels, and dustpans used in the cleanup procedure. When finished, clean or properly dispose of all contaminated PPE.

Dispose of the Material. Regulations on disposal of hazardous materials may vary depending on the area. Check with the local county agricultural commissioner for instructions on how to dispose of the container and its contents, contaminated materials used to clean up the spill, and contaminated PPE.


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