welcome i’m paul winger president California Farm Bureau Federation and a licensed pesticide applicator the Farm Bureau in partnership with State Compensation insurance fund strives to keep agricultural workers safe from any kind of harm while performing their job this program provides an overview to general safety guidelines for the preparation handling and management of pesticide application please take the time to view this program and protect Agriculture’s most important resource you when you hear the word past you would usually think of insects but pests and agriculture also include fungus weeds and even bacteria although they come in different forms their presence means one thing the consumption and destruction of healthy crops pesticides are used to prevent the overpopulation of unwanted pests in order to make sure that crops are as plentiful and healthy as possible for the consumer market although there are several benefits to using pesticides they can also be very dangerous if not handled properly then this safety program you will learn to use pesticides safely and how to manage hazardous situations you it is important to start your day ready to work make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep and have a balanced meal this can prevent the tea can help you focus so that you can end your workday accident-free participating in mandatory safety meetings is a great practice to help refresh yourself on safety techniques when working with pesticides and pesticide equipment safety meetings along with new employee orientation and refresher training is an important aspect of your company’s injury and illness prevention program be sure to ask a supervisor about who is responsible for your company’s safety programs and procedures you because pesticides can easily come into contact with your skin hair or eyes it is important to wear the proper personal protective equipment first identify the type of pesticide you’ll be working with you can do this by reading the label on the pesticide container or the material safety data sheet remember the different pesticides can require specific PPE you can also identify the hazard level of the chemical by finding the signal word on the container common signal words you will come across are caution which is the least hazardous warning and refers to moderately toxic danger which means the chemical is extremely hazardous to the eyes and skin and poison which has maximum toxicity no matter what toxic levels you’re working with you are required to wear at minimum eye protection rubber gloves long sleeve shirt long pants and boots always keep your pant legs on the outside of your boots if you’re working with pesticides above shoulder level wear your gloves on the outside of your sleeves if you’re working below shoulder level wear them under your sleeves as a precaution you can always tape the gloves and sleeves together you it is always a good practice to conduct routine expections of your equipment if applicable conduct the proper preventative maintenance repairs on your tractor or sprayer if your equipment needs further attention alert your supervisor after pesticides have been applied in the field it is prohibited to enter the field for a minimum four hours this is referred to as a restricted entry interval or REI if it is absolutely necessary to enter the field within four hours of a pesticide application the employee must be notified of the pesticide used how long the REI is the symptoms of exposure what PPE is required how to prevent illness and why you need to wash when you leave the area where a spring has occurred refer to the MSDS for answers to these questions you when working with pesticides not only do you have to protect yourself but your surrounding environment by doing this you can prevent harm to other workers agricultural animals and Wildlife this is done by effectively storing your pesticides when storing you must post signs stating pesticide storage and level of hazard if stored in a truck or trailer the side racks must be at least 6 feet above the ground and lockable if possible you should keep pesticides in their original containers but if for any reason you have to transfer pesticides to new containers make sure you properly label the new containers or spray unit with its contents when cleaning pesticide containers make sure you follow these steps first you should wear the proper PPE according to the MSDS or labels before any cleaning then use the triple rinse technique triple rinsing entails filling the container 1/4 full with water shaking it and pouring all of the rinse water into the mix tank repeat this process at least two more times if your equipment consists of a rinsing unit wear PPE put the opening of the container over the nozzle of the Machine so that the liquid will drain into the tank turn on the nozzle and rinse it until it’s clean you when mixing and loading pesticides you must be prepared for a potential spill you can start by wearing the proper PPE you also want to be sure that you have the proper measuring devices never use household measuring devices such as water bottles soda cans or kitchen utensils these can be easily confused for everyday conception and increases the risk of exposure pesticides come in different types of chemical containers made of metal plastic and dissolvable bags to properly mix and load pesticides there are a few guidelines you need to follow first make sure you are pouring the chemicals below eye level you’ll need to stand upwind to prevent any drift it would be ideal to work in a well-lit area if you are using any agitators be aware of any splashing when using wettable powders add the wettable powder first and then the water a closed mixing system is used in lieu of hand mixing pesticides you must use the closed mixing system if you are using liquid pesticides with the word danger on the label or if you mix any minimal exposure pesticide consult the MSDS for PPE information when it comes time to store or dispense up the pesticide containers you must trip will rinse the container and then properly dispose recycle or return the container to the supplier if the container is not empty it must be properly stored in a closed or secured facility you