An adjuvant is broadly defined as any nonpesticide material added to a pesticide product or pesticide spray mixture to enhance the pesticide’s performance and/or the physical properties of the spray mixture. This fact sheet details the different types of adjuvants and explains their efficient use.
This fact sheet describes the proper procedures for storing pesticides and application equipment. Correct storage is important in preventing vandalism, theft, or the possible misuse of products. Details on storage space, location, construction, environment, security, and safe practices are provided.
This fact sheet provides valuable information for pesticide applicators in the event of a chemical spill. Topics include how to control, contain and clean up spills or leaks, tips to prevent spills, and the contents of a spill kit. Also included is a list of emergency numbers to fill in that applicators should have in case of a pesticide spill.
Taken from the How to Handle Chemical Spills fact sheet.
For many toxic chemicals, the respiratory (breathing) system is the quickest and most direct route of entry into the circulatory system.
Pesticides are transported from manufacturers to distributors and dealers, from retailers to end users, and from storage and mixing locations to application sites. Accidents can happen at any point in the chain, even when transport distances are short.
Safety Recommendations and Legal Requirements
For all pesticides to be effective against the pests they are intended to control, they must be biologically active, or toxic. Because pesticides are toxic, they are also potentially hazardous to humans, animals, other organisms, and the environment. Therefore, people who use pesticides or regularly come in contact with them must understand the relative toxicity, potential health effects, and preventative measures to reduce exposure to the products they use.
Controlling pests in and around the home and garden is seemingly a never-ending problem. Insects invade homes, contaminate stored food products, carry certain organisms that cause serious human and animal diseases, infest pets, and threaten fruit trees, ornamental plants, and vegetables.
Transferring even a small amount of pesticide into any size/type of container is illegal with the exception of approved bulk repackaging into containers designed and constructed to hold more than 55 gallons of liquid or 100 pounds of dry product. (only available electronically.)
The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) was issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This regulation covers pesticides that are used in the production of agricultural plants on farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses.
All pesticides must be toxic, or poisonous, to be effective against the pests they are intended to control. Because pesticides are toxic, they are potentially hazardous to humans, animals, other organisms, and the environment. Therefore, people who use pesticides or regularly come in contact with them must understand the relative toxicity and potential health effects of the products they use.
Use this list to keep important phone numbers for pesticide spills.