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The Training Program

The training program shall address each of the following topics as they apply to the pesticides that employees handle. Employees will be trained to:

  • understand the format and meaning of information, such as precautionary statements about human health hazards, contained in the labeling of the pesticide products being handled

  • understand the hazards of the pesticides being handled, including acute and chronic effects, delayed effects, and sensitization, as identified in pesticide product labeling, Material Safety Data Sheets, or Pesticide Safety Information Series leaflets

  • know the routes by which pesticides can enter the body

  • recognize the signs and symptoms of overexposure

  • know specific emergency first aid for overexposure to the pesticides being handled

  • know how to obtain emergency medical care

  • know routine and emergency decontamination procedures, including spill cleanup and the need to thoroughly shower with soap and warm water after the exposure period

  • understand the need for limitations, appropriate use, and cleaning of any required PPE

  • knowing the prevention, recognition, and first aid for heat-related illness

  • understand safety requirements and procedures, including engineering controls (such as closed mixing systems and enclosed cabs) for handling, transporting, storing, and disposing of the pesticides being handled

  • recognize environmental concerns such as drift, runoff, and wildlife hazards

  • heed warnings about taking pesticides or pesticide containers home

  • know the requirements relating to pesticide safety, Material Safety Data Sheets, and Pesticide Safety Information Series leaflets

  • understand the purposes and requirements for medical supervision if organophosphate or carbamate pesticides with the signal word “DANGER/POISON”, “DANGER”, or “WARNING” on the labeling are mixed, loaded, or applied

  • know the location of the written hazard communication information for employees han- dling pesticides (Pesticide Safety Information Series leaflet N-8), other Pesticide Safety Information Series leaflets, and Material Safety Data Sheets

  • know the employee's rights, including the right to:

    • personally receive information about pesticides to which he or she may be exposed

    • have his or her physician or employee representative to receive information about

pesticides to which he or she may be exposed.

  • be protected against retaliatory action due to the exercise of any of his or her rights

Other Important Topics

The following topics should also be covered, if appropriate, during training. These are general pesticide handling procedures that apply to any pesticide product being handled. The employee needs to:

  • understand the importance of wearing clean work clothing daily

  • know how to handle, open, and lift containers

  • know how to properly pour pesticides out of containers

  • know how to operate mixing and application equipment

  • know procedures for triple rinsing containers

  • know how to dispose of empty containers



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