Crop protection chemicals are necessary to
ensure the production of food from our nation's farms and ranches. They
prevent unwanted weeds, insects, rodents, fungus and diseases. These
chemicals must also be handled with care to reduce potential worker
Always read packaging labels. All crop
protection chemicals include information on the proper use of the
chemical; its proper handling, safe storage and first aid
Obtain Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
for the crop protection chemicals that you use. MSDS contain
additional health hazard data, spill or leak procedures and handling
information. Be sure to keep a set separate from the storage area.
Have on hand and wear the personal
protective equipment (PPE) required by the label. These can include:
chemical-resistant gloves, coveralls, boots, hat and apron, approved
respirator with cartridges for pesticides, and chemical protection
goggles and face shield.
Keep crop protection chemicals in
storage areas that can be locked to keep bystanders and children
out. Be sure to label the storage area as containing pesticides.
Launder chemical-soiled clothing
separately from other laundry and triple rinse.