Pesticide Safety Checklist

• Use pesticides only when necessary and as part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program.

• Always read the label and follow the instructions.

• Do not allow children to play around sprayers or mixing, storage, and disposal areas.

• Wear appropriate protective clothing and equipment.

• Never eat, drink, or smoke while handling pesticides.

• Avoid drift into non-target areas and pesticide runoff into streams, rivers, lakes, irrigation ponds and canals.

• Avoid spilling materials on skin or clothing.

• Have access to clean water, soap, and first aid supplies.

• Keep pesticides in a dry and locked storage area away from food and feed.

• Triple rinse or pressure rinse empty containers and dispose or recycle in accordance with state and local regulations.

• Stay out of recently sprayed areas until spray has dried, and observe the restricted entry intervals (REI) specified on the pesticide label.

• Follow the pre-harvest interval (PHI) on pesticide label before harvesting crops or gardens and before allowing livestock to graze fields.