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1. Restricted-use Pesticides
- 1.1 Restricted-use pesticides are applied only by a certified applicator or someone under the direct supervision of a certified applicator.
- 1.2 A separate storage area is available for restricted-use pesticides. It is locked when unattended, and the windows tight, barred, or boarded over.
- 1.3 The storage area is properly ventilated to prevent buildup of noxious fumes.
- 1.4 Herbicides are stored separately from other pesticides.
2. All Pesticides
- 2.1 A separate space is available to store pesticides.
- 2.2 The pesticide storage area is restricted to a first-story room or area that has direct access to the outside.
- 2.3 All pesticides are kept in this storage area rather than in a garage, basement, refrigerator, or other areas accessible to unauthorized persons.
- 2.4 Signs are posted on the storage area indicating that pesticides are stored inside.
- 2.5 All pesticide containers used for storage do have a complete, readable registered label.
- 2.6 All pesticide service containers do have a copy of the registered label or a readable label with the following information: (a) brand or trade name, (b) EPA registration number, (c) name and percentage of active ingredient(s) in the service container, and (d) an appropriate sign, that is, Danger-poison, Warning, or Caution.
- 2.7 You do keep a list, separate from the storage area, of all pesticides stored.
- 2.8 A material safety data sheet is available for each pesticide at each storage location.
- 2.9 The fire department does have a copy of this list.
- 2.10 You do check periodically for leaking containers.
- 2.11 Damaged or leaking containers are immediately separated and disposed of in accordance with state regulations.
- 2.12 Pesticides are stored in the original container rather than in milk jugs, soda bottles, or other containers commonly used for food or drink.
- 2.13 You carefully do read the label before mixing and applying the pesticide.
- 2.14 You do make note of the safety precautions and antidotes before mixing and applying the pesticide.
- 2.15 You do read the label to see what protective clothing you should wear.
- 2.16 You do know how to use the protective equipment recommended on the label.
- 2.17 You do clean and maintain your protective equipment regularly and often.
- 2.18 You do check your protective equipment for wear and tear before each use.
- 2.19 You do know what to do if you spill a pesticide on yourself while mixing.
- 2.10 You do wear adequate footgear with your pant cuffs on the outside so pesticides won’t run into your footgear.
- 2.11 You do have sawdust, vermiculite, kitty litter, or other absorbent material on hand to soak up spills.
- 2.12 You do have a list of emergency numbers to call in case of spill.
- 2.13 Your application equipment is well maintained and calibrated so it doesn’t leak or dispense the improper amount of pesticide.
- 2.14 You do avoid draining leftover spray mix on the ground.
- 2.15 You do rinse each empty liquid container at least three times and return the rinsate into the tank.
- 2.16 You do keep used containers in the storage area until disposed of.
- 2.17 You do collect every container, for disposal or storage, before leaving an application site.
- 2.18 You do dispose of all pesticide containers and unused pesticides in accordance with State regulations.
- 2.19 You do puncture, break, or crush containers before disposal so they cannot be reused.
- 2.20 You do keep your spray equipment clean so that those touching it will not be contaminated.
- 2.21 You do always release pressure on your equipment so spray guns won’t be accidentally triggered.
- 2.22 You do check the wind direction and speed and the area downwind before applying pesticides.
- 2.23 You do consider substituting a less toxic chemical if you are spraying near a sensitive area.
- 2.24 You do check for the possibility of showers and damaging runoff before applying pesticides.
- 2.25 You plan your pesticide application so it will have little or no effect on bees, birds, fish, or other wildlife.