Paraquat, diquat, formalin, cresol, strychnine, glyphosate – these are all very helpful agrochemicals which can also very harmful if not handled carefully on the farm. To ensure the safety of workers, plants and animals; the following safety measures should be strictly followed.
- Proper transportation and storage should be ensured through separating the chemicals from feeds, seeds and fertilizers; avoiding the removal of labels from containers; keeping containers in their original containers as well as storing them in a locked, well ventilated shed that will contain spills.
- Anyone using agricultural chemicals should have enough knowledge or suitably trained to use both the chemical and any equipment required for application.
- Manufacturer’s instructions on how to mix and apply the chemical should always be followed to avoid any disastrous changes or mix ups.
- Whenever handling agrochemicals, one should wear the recommended protective clothing such as chemical-resistant gloves, overalls, goggles and an appropriate facemask or respirator.
- Only the recommended decanting kits (extracting or pouring out) should be used to reduce the risk of spills or splashes while mixing chemicals.
- The mixing area should be well ventilated and downwind (facing away from the direction of the wind) or ensure that recommended personal protective clothing is worn if in an enclosed environment.
- Only mix the quantity of chemical required for the task at hand.
- Avoid exposing non-target animals and plants
- Thoroughly triple rinse equipment after chemical application and dispose of the rinse water (rinsate) appropriately. Puncture, burn and bury (if possible) empty containers to prevent reuse for other purposes. Above all, always follow manufacturer’s instructions for proper disposal of both chemicals and rinsate from equipment.