Tips for application equipment maintenance and safety
Personal Protective Equipment Cleaning and Maintenance
If available, consult the manufacturer’s use and care directions that accompany the personal protective equipment. The pesticide label may also provide some basic information related to clean-up after use.
Respirator Cleaning Procedures (OSHA) These are required procedures for occupational uses of respirators; however they are just as valid for homeowners who use respirators when applying pesticides.
Properly Cleaning and Storing Respirators (Ohio State University Extension)
Protect the Environment When Working on Equipment
- Refer to pesticide label precautions and instructions if available.
- Do not work on equipment in areas where spills or leaks could easily get into drains, ditches, gutters or bodies of water.
- Collect pesticides which may be in hoses or drains by using a bucket, plastic tub or similar container prior to starting work.
- Clean up any pesticide spills as soon as they occur. This would include leaks which occur inside the beds of trucks. Have a spill kit available which includes an absorbent material, such as kitty litter or dried gel, a flat shovel or dust pan, a bucket or similar container and a broom.
- Work over an impermeable surface where pesticide leaks can be contained and cleaned up. If a piece of equipment cannot be moved, a piece of heavy plastic can be placed under the equipment along with absorbent snakes to collect spills or leaks that may occur.
- Replace nozzles with ones that produce larger droplets. This will minimize the chances of drift since larger droplets are not carried as far by the wind.
- Control Your Drops – Includes information about droplet size along with video.
- Make sure edge guards are complete and functional on equipment used for applying granular formulations. Some newer spreaders have built-in edge guards which prevent granular formulations from being spread to either the right or the left of the spreader.
Pesticides and Commercial Vehicle Maintenance This publication from Purdue Pesticide Programs briefly provides commercial applicators with information about vehicle safety and maintenance. Included with this is a Vehicle Maintenance Checklist that can be used for routine inspections of the vehicle.
Best Management Practices for Golf Course Maintenance Departments Although this publication was developed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the principles and guidance contained in it can be valuable to golf course managers and others in Virginia.
Stormwater Management: Pesticide Use in the Lawn and Garden This publication produced by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension discusses several topics and includes information about pesticide handling, spills, equipment maintenance and disposal.