Welcome to the Grower Pesticide Safety
Course. This is Chapter 13, Transportation of Pesticides. Chapter 13 starts on page
141 in your manual. There are twelve slides in this presentation. It will take
us about ten minutes to review. What will I learn? By the end of this lesson you
should be ready to, describe how to safely transport pesticides, list the
requirements under Regulation 63/09 to transport pesticides, describe the
requirements for transporting pesticides that are classified as dangerous goods. Everyone who transports pesticides in
Ontario must follow federal and provincial laws and regulations
regarding safe transportation of pesticides. These laws are in place to
protect the driver, the public and the environment. Preparing to transport pesticides safely. Use a truck with a steel or plastic lined
bed. Be prepared to deal with a spill. Inspect each container. Load the
containers to prevent movement. Never transport pesticides in the passenger
area of the truck. Five good practices to prepare to transport pesticides safely.
The Ontario Pesticides Act and Regulations 63/09 has a few laws
regarding transporting pesticides. The first one is to secure pesticides in the
vehicle. Lock the pesticide in the vehicle if you leave the vehicle
unattended and put a pesticide storage sign on the vehicle if the pesticides
are Class 2, 3, or 4. So again. If you’re leaving your vehicle
unattended, lock it and put on the pesticide storage sign. And we have lots
of them available and there are also signs are available
through WSPS, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services, with the toll-free
number or on their website. Give us a call and we’ll help you with that. Keep
pesticides separated from other items. This is another law under the Ontario
Pesticides Act and Regulation 63/09. -food and drink for humans and animals;
separated from household furnishings; separated from toiletries, clothing
bedding. So basically you want to make sure you’re either transporting
pesticides on their own, picking them up, going straight home, or make sure that
they’re in a separate compartment in the vehicle. Consider the following situation.
Let’s just review for a minute. You picked up pesticides, are now on your way
back to the farm. You need to stop to pick up a replacement part for your
sprayer. What two things must you do before you leave that truck? Take a
minute to consider the two things we mentioned. You’re going to leave the
vehicle unattended. When you park and leave the truck, the pesticides must be
locked in a compartment and the pesticide storage sign must be on the
truck. Great. Alright. Let’s continue now. Transportation of Dangerous Goods . There’s a
few additional rules and regulations around that if a pesticide is classed as
a dangerous good. Some pesticides are classified as dangerous goods. And how do
you know this? Look for the diamond shape on the outside of the cardboard box or
look on the Safety Data Sheet. And the classification will be stated on the
Safety Data Sheet under the transportation section. But easy enough,
if you’re going to purchase the pesticide, those diamond-shaped
classification placard symbols are on the outside of the cardboard box, not on
a plastic jug or container, but on the outside
of a cardboard box. For pesticides that are dangerous goods, you must follow some
Transportation of Dangerous Goods requirements. So, once you know that,
things to think about. The first thing is at all times when you’re transporting a
pesticide that is a dangerous good, keep the plastic containers or jugs in the
original cardboard box because the cardboard box is part of the transportation requirements or protection during transportation. It is the box that has
the transportation of dangerous goods symbol on it and it provides that
protection. Requirements for transporting a pesticide that’s a dangerous good. We
can follow these requirements if you stay within the limits during these
three situations, then you don’t need to do the full requirements of transporting
a dangerous good. So the three situations that there is an exception for if you
follow the limits: transporting between the retail store the farm or the place
of use; transporting for use in a farm plated vehicle, so you’re going between
farms perhaps or going to the field and you’re on the farm already; and
number 3, transporting tanks that are used to mix or apply. So let’s look at
each one of those situations. If you’re transporting between the retail store,
the pesticide vendor, and a farm or place of use, you’re traveling less than
100 kilometres and keeping the weight of the load to 3,000 kilometers or less, and
you’re securing the containers to prevent spills, then no other
transportation of dangerous goods requirements need to be done. Just make
sure you keep within those limits. Now when you’re transporting for farm use in
a farm plated vehicle, so you’re on the farm, you may be going down the road,
you’re taking it to another field, keep the distance that you’re traveling to
100 kilometers or less, keep the weight of the load to 1,500 kilograms
or less, and secure the containers to prevent spills.
If you do those three things, then you don’t need to do any of the main
transportation dangerous goods requirements. And number three. Now you’re
transporting the pesticide. It’s been mixed and loaded and it’s in the spray
tank and perhaps you need to go down the road with your dangerous goods in the
spray tank. If that’s the case, you need to put dangerous goods placards on four
sides of the tank, and leave the placards on the tank until you clean it out. It’s
still a dangerous good until it’s completely cleaned. And this is for
tanks that hold less than six thousand litres. So for normal farming practices,
filling a normal sized tank, we need to have the dangerous good placards on the
four sides of the tank when we’re traveling down the road. And of course we
understand why because if there was a spill of that tank,
everything’s leaking out, the responders that come need to know that
that is a dangerous good. If you transport pesticides and they are
dangerous goods and you do not transport within those three situations then you
must follow complete dangerous goods requirements. Also the transportation
dangerous goods must be followed if it’s a fumigant gas that you’re
transporting. Okay. Spills of Dangerous Goods. If you do happen to have a spill
and it’s with a dangerous good pesticide, you do have to report regarding a
quantity — so a quantity greater than 200 litres for a Class 3 dangerous good, a
quantity greater than 5 kilograms or 5 litres for Class 6.1 or Class
8 dangerous goods, and greater than 25 kilograms or 25 litres for Class 9
dangerous goods. So then you would have to call the local police. You’d want to
report to your employer, and also if you don’t own the truck that you’re in or
the vehicle, then you should call the owner of the vehicle that you’ve had
that accident in as well with the dangerous goods. So those are reporting
requirements if you have a spill of dangerous goods. Okay. That’s it for transportation of
dangerous goods. The main points and then you can review that as well in your
manual. We have a video as well on our website and our YouTube site.