Pesticide application safety
The great variety of pesticides used in America's agricultural production system presents varying degrees of hazard. These products were made to alter life cycles of living pest organisms, and many of these products are dangerous to people if not handled properly. The purpose of this publication is to help pesticide applicators understand and appreciate potential dangers. Items related to pesticide application but not discussed in this publication include personal protection equipment (see MU publication G 1917, Personal Protective Equipment for Working with Pesticides), pesticide poisoning (MU publication G 1915, First Aid for Pesticide Poisoning), and calibration procedures (MU publication G 1270, Calibrating Field Sprayers). If an applicator uses his or her own knowledge, common sense, and the information contained in this and the other publications referred to, he or she can apply pesticides safely and effectively.
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