Understand label requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE) for each pesti- cide handled, plus when regulations or restricted material permit conditions supersede personal protective equipment requirements in the label.
Know how to determine, from label information, the required pesticide application equipment, method or technique, application rate, and application procedures.
Know the correct application settings for fumigation equipment, gas release duration, and how to calculate the correct volume of areas being fumigated.
Know the requirements for ventilation/aeration after fumigant application, plus know that the ventilation/aeration process is considered to be part of the application and that the application is not complete until the ventilation/aeration is complete.
Hazards Associated with Pesticide Use
Understand how pesticides enter the body and know which body areas are more conducive to allowing entry.
Understand the potential health effects of exposure to specific pesticides.
Recognize the importance of following proper handling procedures and personal hygiene after handling pesticides.
Know how to prevent, recognize, and treat heat-related illness.
Understand the potential harmful effects of unintended pesticide releases.
Be familiar with and follow the emergency response plan, including identifying and understanding how to use components of emergency response equipment and supplies.
Know the importance of clearing an area where a pesticide spill occurred of people and animals and how to prevent unauthorized entry to that area during cleanup.
Know how to contain and properly clean up a small pesticide spill or arrange for emergency personnel to clean up a large spill.
Follow the legal and proper methods and procedures for preventing further spills and leaks, containing the spill or leak, and disposing of pesticide and contaminated clean- up materials from a pesticide spill.
Know how to provide adequate ventilation/aeration following a fumigation.
Know how to follow legal and proper procedures for cleaning application equipment and storing or disposing of empty containers and disposing of leftover materials.
Personal Protective Equipment
Identify the minimum personal protective equipment required by the label and know
when regulations or restricted material permit conditions supersede the label.
Know how to determine exposure potentials and recognize types of pesticide hazards.
Understand the medical health assessment requirements for authorized respirator use.
Understand how to select, fit-test, and wear appropriate respiratory devices when required.
Know how to clean, maintain, and store personal protective equipment and inspect this equipment for signs of wear and failure.
Know when worn or compromised PPE must be replaced and how to dispose of used or worn personal protective equipment.
Recognize that safety glasses and chemical protective gloves are a minimal requirement by regulation for most pesticides, if the pesticide label is not more restrictive.