As we begin the new year, we wanted to remind growers of regulations to avoid non-compliances and keep employees safe.  Some of these regulations include:

Handler and Fieldworker Training

Fieldworkers and pesticide handlers must both be trained annually.  The training must be in a location reasonably free from distraction and the trainer must be present throughout the training.  Annual training records must include the employee’s printed name and signature, the title and sources of the training materials used, employer’s name, and the trainer’s name and qualifications.  Training records must be provided to the employee within 48 hours of request, or within 48 hours of the written request of an employee’s representative.

Decontamination Sites

Hand-sanitizing gels, liquids, or wet towelettes do not meet the requirements for soap and single use towels for decontamination.

At least three gallons of water per handler and one gallon per fieldworker (measured at the beginning of each handler’s or fieldworker’s workday) must be available at decontamination sites for pesticide handlers and fieldworkers for washing hands, face, entire body, and for emergency eye flushing.

  • When a pesticide handler is at the mixing/loading site there must be immediate access to gently running water at a rate of at least 0.4 gallons per minute for at least 15 minutes, or at least six gallons of water in containers suitable for providing a gentle eye-flush for about 15 minutes if the pesticide labeling requires protective eyewear or a closed mixing system is used.
  • Handlers and fieldworkers must be notified of the location of decontamination sites prior to handling pesticides.

Eye Protection

If the pesticide label requires protective eyewear during application, one pint of water for emergency eye flushing must be immediately available during application (carried by the applicator or on the application vehicle).

General Reminders

Remember to calibrate your spray equipment to the current conditions.  Make sure nozzles are adjusted or turned off to match the area to be sprayed (canopy, etc.).  Especially important this year, please be aware of standing water.  Most chemical labels have a statement such as “avoid direct applications to any body of water” or “do not apply to water or areas where surface water is present”.  Instruct your applicators to be aware and to avoid these areas while spraying.