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Pesticide Worker Safety

Requirements for Access to Pesticide Labeling Information

Pesticide Handlers

Employers of pesticide handlers must make sure that the handlers are given information from the pesticide labeling and have access to the labeling itself, before they do any handling task. A handler employer must:

  • Inform handlers, in a manner they can understand, about all labeling requirements related to safe use of the pesticide, including at least:
    • the signal word;
    • human hazard statements and precautions;
    • personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements;
    • first aid instructions;
    • environmental precautions; and
    • any additional precautions about the handling task to be performed.

Option: A handler employee may allow handlers to read the labeling themselves, if they are able to read and understand it.

  • Provide handlers access to the pesticide labeling information during handling tasks.

Early-Entry Workers

Employers of workers must make sure that each of their early-entry workers:

  • is currently trained as a Worker Protection Standard worker; and
  • receives specific information and instructions about PPE and labeling.

Read more about the requirements for early-entry workers.

Employers must inform early-entry workers, in a manner they can understand, about the safety information and instructions on the labeling of the pesticide(s) to which the restricted-entry interval applies, including:

  • human hazard statements and precautions;
  • first aid instructions;
  • signs and symptoms of poisoning;
  • PPE required for early entry; and
  • any other precautions or instructions related to safe use or early entry.