I have been Employee 1090847, Employee 20321206, Employee 277563, and many others. What do all of these have in common? I am still an employee responsible for safety, no matter who I am working for or where I am doing the work.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Some of those E- numbers had me using pesticides. The tasks consisted of mixing, pouring, handling, applying, and once doing cleanup. Personal protective equipment was always part of the equation.
When I was in my first few years of pest management activities, I didn’t take the use of PPE too seriously. I was mixing a Dichlorvos solution, trying to pour from a 5 gallon container into small bottles used for an automatic air fogging system. It was only after I couldn’t stand the smell, that I put on my respiratory protection.
At this point, I had spilled chemicals on my pants, and shoes. It was puddled on the floor. In case you don’t know, that stuff is really greasy and hard to clean.
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CREATE YOUR SPILL KIT
Your pest control service vehicle should have some type of spill clean up kit. It isn’t necessary to order a name brand kit from a supply distribution center. One can easily be make from the hardware store – as pictured below. Not contained in the kit is a respirator, but I know all of us have them in our possession.
Remember to replace any items used from the Spill Kit immediately.
You Are Safe….Maybe?
Do you know what steps to take when a pesticide spill happens? Who do you call? There is going to be paperwork. Let’s review.
When you find the spill, notify others of the hazards. Control the spilled pesticide by closing valves, lids, etc. Grab your spill kit to contain the leaking chemicals and to assist with clean up. These minimum procedures will lessen risk to others.
Depending on the quantity and type of pesticide spill, proper authorities must be notified. Documentation of the incident is critical.
Here are a couple of phone numbers that are helpful: 911 & ChemTrec- 800-262-8200.