Preparation and oversight vital to store pesticides
6) Inspection. Check regularly for any problems with the facility, product containers or labels, and take all necessary steps to correct them promptly. Maintain a storage inspection log. “Astute inventory awareness can prevent over-purchase, lengthy storage, container deterioration and the need to locate suitable disposal sites,” notes Whitford. Purchase only product quantities that you plan to use in a 12-month period.
7) Protection. Have personal protective equipment, a first aid kit, an eyewash dispenser, soap and clean water immediately accessible to workers and emergency personnel, but protected from possible pesticide contamination.
8) Preparedness. Maintain an up-to-date inventory, material safety data sheets and emergency phone numbers—all essential in the event of a fire, flood, spill or leak. A fire extinguisher approved for all types of fires must be easily accessible and inspected annually. A spill cleanup kit, absorbent material and written procedures must be readily available to control, contain and clean up a spill. The floor, shelves and pallets must be nonporous and easy to clean.
9) Assistance. Numerous resources exist to assist you in proper storage of pesticides. Your Cooperative Extension Service, state Pesticide Safety Education Program, and state regulatory agency can help. Use one of the various pesticide storage checklists that have been developed to help you review basic needs.
“Exact pesticide storage requirements will depend on government regulations, pesticide labels, climate and other factors,” explains Whitford. “Be diligent, seek advice and never cut corners, regardless of how little or how much pesticide you will store.”
Some Resources on Pesticide Storage:
http://www.clemson.edu/extension/pest_ed/pdfs/pipsheets/pip37sto.pdf Clemson University
http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/freepubs/pdfs/ee0002.pdf Penn State University
http://www.ppp.purdue.edu/Pubs/PPP-21.pdf Purdue University
http://www.ppp.purdue.edu/Pubs/PPP-61.pdf Purdue University
http://extension.missouri.edu/publications/DisplayPub.aspx?P=IPM1013 University of Missouri
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