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Safe storage and Use of Ag Chemicals


  • Farmers today use many and various chemicals, most of which have some specific hazards associated with them.
  • Often, farmers don't have either any or the right type of storage for potentially dangerous chemicals.


  • Store the pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers separately to prevent their possible mixing if a spill occur, which could produce a super-toxic chemical.
  • Keep chemicals in a locked storage area to prevent access by children and other unauthorized people.
  • If chemicals are stored on shelves, place those glass-containers on the bottom shelf, those in cans in the middle, and those in packages on the top shelf.
  • Follow manufacturer's directions for proper application of chemicals and for proper disposal of empty chemical containers.
  • When using chemicals, wear protective equipment (e.g., goggles, respirator, neoprene gloves and boots, wide brim hat, liquid-proof apron).
  • If you become contaminated by these chemicals, wash thoroughly with water then see a doctor immediately, being sure to take the label or container with you.
Last updated: 18-May-2006 11:08 AM