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12 ways to protect you and your community from pesticides at work

There’s a risk to using pesticides, even if your purpose is to protect our health, safety or food supply. Keep that risk as low as you can by following these instructions.


Read the product information about pesticides and follow the directions on the label.

Follow work health and safety requirements. For example, make sure that you have received any necessary training and certification before selling or applying pesticides.

Wear protective equipment (gloves, masks and goggles) as recommended on the pesticide label.

Wash your hands immediately after using pesticides.

Get rid of empty pesticide containers by following the instructions on the label. Contact the city or town office in your area about getting rid of unused pesticides.

Reduce drift and environmental contamination. For example, add a buffer zone – leave a strip of land without pesticides next to a sprayed area. Spray pesticides on days with no wind when the temperature is below 25 degrees Celsius.

Post signs warning people that an area has been treated with pesticides.


Don’t wear clothing at home that was used while working with pesticides. Clothing worn at work should be washed after each use and separately from other clothes.

Don’t smoke, drink or eat when handling pesticides.

Don’t rub your eyes or touch your mouth while working with or after using pesticides.

Don’t store pesticides near food or drinks.

Don’t move pesticides into a different container for storing – if you do, you or someone else might misuse them by mistake. Also, always keep the original label with safety instructions on the container.

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