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Pesticide Safety: A Reference Manual for Private Applicators

Pesticide Safety: A Reference Manual for Private Applicators, Second Edition
Published 2006 ·  Publication 3383 · 120 pages

Spanish Version, Pesticide Safety: A Reference Manual for Private Applicators, Second Edition (Seguridad en el manejo de pesticides:  Manual de referencia para aplicadores privados)
Published 2007 ·  Publication 3394 · 133 pages

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The second edition of this publication is a resource for growers preparing for the examination to become "certified private applicators," required before they can purchase, possess, or use restricted-use pesticides according to California pesticide regulations. To become certified, a grower must successfully pass the certified private applicator examination administered by county agricultural commissioner offices. This book has an easy-to-read format that takes you through each of the steps needed to use pesticides safely and responsibly on your farm.

Spanish Version, Pesticide Safety: A Reference Manual for Private Applicators (La seguridad en el manejo de pesticidas)

The Spanish version of this manual was published in 2007.

Recommended Study Guide

This publication is the recommended study guide for the California Department of Pesticide Regulation's private applicator certificate examination.

Valuable Tool

This book is a valuable tool for growers, farm supervisors, pesticide handlers, and safety trainers. Topics include:

  • how to use pesticide labels
  • worker protection information
  • mixing pesticides
  • applying pesticides effectively
  • equipment calibration
  • recognizing and avoiding pesticide hazards
  • first aid for pesticide exposure
  • dealing with leaks and spills
  • pesticide fires and other emergencies

Three Convenient Sections

Three convenient sections make understanding pesticide safety a cinch:

  • Farm Profile. Follow each step in the specially designed Farm Profile section to identify the unique conditions of your farm and your crops that will influence how you use pesticides. Use this information when obtaining your restricted-use permit.
  • Pesticide Handling Techniques. Four simple chapters help you understand how to select and safely use pesticides on your farm. Chapter 1 walks you through the maze of information found on pesticide labels. Chapter 2 tells you how to mix and apply pesticides and includes a helpful section that shows you how to calibrate your application equipment. Chapter 3 assists you in recognizing and avoiding pesticide hazards on your farm. Chapter 4 shows you how to safely manage pesticide emergencies. At the end of each chapter are review questions to test your understanding of the material presented.
  • Appendix. The appendix contains a collection of useful information checklists and sample forms specifically included to help you use pesticides on your farm in the safest and most sensible ways possible. This section augments the information presented in the first two sections.

How to order

This publication is available from the UC ANR Communication Services catalog. It is also available by mail, by telephone, or through the ANR sales offices and many UC County Cooperative Extension offices. For locations and more information, see "How to Order Publications."

List of Contents

  • How to Use This Booklet (Farm Owners and Managers · Farm Employees) · A Farm Profile
The Pesticide Label
  • Learn to Use Pesticide Labels (When to Read the Pesticide Label · Parts of the Pesticide Label) · Worker Protection Information · Pesticide Product Registration (Types of Pesticide Product Registration) · Material Safety Data Sheets · Review Questions
Mixing and Applying Pesticides
  • Mixing Pesticides (Steps for Mixing) · Applying Pesticides Effectively (Selecting Application Equipment · Safe Application Techniques · Pesticide Drift · Timing Your Applications for Effective Pest Control) · Equipment Calibration (Calibrating Your Application Equipment · Calibrating Liquid Application Equipment · Tank Capacity · Speed of Travel · Flow Rate · Width of Spray Swath · Determining the Area to Be Treated · Determining the Amount of Pesticide to Use · Changing Sprayer Output · Calibrating Granular Applicators · Travel Speed · Rate of Output · Measuring Swath Width · Determining Application Rate) · Review Questions
Recognizing and Avoiding Pesticide Hazards
  • Pesticide Residues · How People are Exposed to Pesticides (Effects of Exposure · Ways to Prevent Exposure) · How Environmental Contamination Occurs (Groundwater Contamination · Surface Water Contamination) · Pesticide Impact on Nontarget Organisms · Handling Pesticide Containers · Postapplication Cleanup · Review Questions
Pesticide Emergencies
  • First Aid · Pesticides on Your Skin or Clothing (First Aid for Skin Exposure) · Pesticides in Your Eyes (First Aid for Eye Exposure) · Inhaled Pesticides (First Aid for Pesticide Inhalation) · Swallowed Pesticides (First Aid for Swallowed Pesticides) · Pesticide Leaks and Spills (Cleaning up Pesticide Leaks or Spills) · Pesticide Fires (How to Deal with a Pesticide Fire) · Misapplication of Pesticides (Incorrect Amount of Pesticide Use · Application of the Wrong Pesticide · Pesticides Applied to the Wrong Site or Crop) · Review Questions
Answers to Review Questions
  • Checklist for Planning a Pesticide Application  · Pesticide Information Resources  · Pesticide Poisoning Emergencies  · Useful Resources for Pesticide Handling and Pest Management  · Pesticide Handler Safety Training Record SAMPLE  · Criteria for Fieldworker Training  · Fieldworker Pesticide Safety Training Record SAMPLE  · Training and Instructions for Early-Entry Workers  · California Restricted-Entry Intervals  · Organophosphate and N-Methyl Carbamate Pesticides  · Production Agriculture Monthly Pesticide Use Report  · Pesticide Safety Information Series  · Procedures for Triple Rinsing Pesticide Containers  · Avoiding Heat Related Illness  · Useful Conversion Factors for Calibration

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