Proper Handling of Pesticides to Spills and Contaminations

joeldgreat By joeldgreat, 10th Dec 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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While most of this causes are unintentional, our handling and storing of these harmful material can lead to spills and contamination of our environment which will result in the destruction of the ecosystem and worst death.


Pesticides kills pest that are nuisance to our homes, farms or garden. But it also si capable of killing other organisms including humans. Though the purpose is of good intention and its effectiveness in the reduction or harmful pest, pesticide also posses danger to humans. Pesticides can directly or indirectly affect us in many ways. One of the most common causes is by directly consuming foods that are contaminated with pesticide. Another cause would be a pesticide contamination in our water sources or in air.

Simple Guidelines to Follow

Improper handling and storage can lead to soil, water and air contamination. It is therefore highly recommended to follow simple guidelines in transfer, storing, mixing and disposing of pesticide to ensure that a contaminated-free environment. These guidelines are very basic and are straight-forward, but if followed can prevent disaster to happen.

1. When transporting large containers of pesticides, place it at the back of the vehicle and secure it’s firmly. There is a big risk of dislodging the container during transport if not properly secured.

2. Make sure that the container you used for storing pesticide is air tight. Pesticides in containers must also place on the floor. Never store it in cabinets or high places as they might fall if not properly secured.

3. During handling pesticides, check the containers for leaks. Ensure to replace leaky containers at once. For leaks, collect as much liquid spill on the floor as you can. If the leak happens on soil, it is important to remove the soiled portion and place it on a sealed container and disposed it properly.

4. Is storing pesticides in bulk or highly toxic pesticides, it is recommended to store it in secondary containers. This means using another container on top of the main container. In this way, any accidents such as spill or leaks, the second container acts as a second line of defense against contamination.

5. When mixing or refilling pesticides, make sure that you do it on a stable and flat floor. Do not handle pesticides close to any food or water source.

6. When pesticides are use, never spray it during a windy day. You are not only endangering yourself against contamination but also endangering the environment and everything in it for contamination.

7. When adding water to the pesticide container to mix, do not place a water hose directly into the air gap container. This is to prevent possible over-flow or back-flow which results to spills.

8. When disposing pesticide wastes such as containers, it is better getting much information for local health department or landfill operators. Simply throwing it away on a garbage can or waste bag is not a good idea.

9. Never re-use pesticide containers for other purpose.

10. When using pesticides, use it only as indicated on its safety data sheet. Read and follow carefully the directions of its use.

11. And lastly, never use pesticides other that what is directed.


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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
11th Dec 2014 (#)

Thanks for sharing this article. I hope everyone takes precautions with pesticides. They can be very dangerous.

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