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Best Practices in Control of Production and Use of Agricultural Chemicals

  • • Use various measuring instruments to determine the type, amount, and source of basic chemicals, other raw materials, and finished products which are escaping from the delivery and shipping areas, the storage areas and equipment, and the production areas, as well as the equipment being used to apply agricultural chemicals, fertilizers, and pesticides. The application of chemicals may contaminate the air, water, and land.
  • • Examine past records of the industrial plant and also of the industry in general to determine the major areas where these fugitive emissions or dust occur and where spills frequently occur.
  • • Do not store insecticides and herbicides together. Do not allow pesticides in any event to contaminate the production or storage areas for fertilizers.
  • • Clearly mark all pesticide storage areas with appropriate signs exhibited for: poisoning; no smoking; no eating; authorized personnel only; and limit access to this area to only specially trained people wearing appropriate personal protective equipment. Have a special team always on call for immediate cleanup of pesticide spills of any amount. Use appropriate fire extinguishers in the event of fires in pesticide areas used by highly trained individuals and immediately contact the fire department with all necessary facts and data concerning the hazard. Have a working plan with the fire department on how to handle this problem and with the local hospital on how to manage individuals who have been exposed to these chemicals. If any materials are exposed to pesticides, they must be discarded in an appropriate manner as a hazardous waste.
  • • See the “Agriculture” section in Chapter 2, “Air Quality (Outdoor [Ambient] and Indoor)” and Chapter 9, “Insect Control, Rodent Control, and Pesticides,” for additional Best Practices in the use and storage of the chemicals.
 
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