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 the spray has dried, and observe the restricted entry intervals (REI) specified on the pesticide label.
  • Follow the pre-harvest interval (PHI) on the pesticide label before harvesting crops or gardens and before allowing livestock to graze fields.