If you work on a farm, you probably work with pesticides. Unlike other hazards, the negative effects of pesticides can be felt both immediately and over longer periods of time. Pesticides are most dangerous when in concentrated form. On most farms, this means when they’re in storage. The main routes pesticides enter the body are through contact with the skin or by breathing in the vapours. Some of the symptoms of pesticide poisoning include: a loss of coordination, dizziness, confusion, nausea, headaches, slurred speech, and sweating. If pesticides are stored on your farm, make sure the location is locked, there is a “chemical storage” sign posted in the language of the workers, the area is ventilated, and only authorized workers are allowed to enter. For more information about pesticides, visit WorkSafeBC.com or FARSHA.bc.ca.