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Transporting pesticides

Transporting pesticides

Accidents can happen. If you are moving pesticide when an accident happens, the outcomes can be severe. Could you cope? Would you know what to do? Read on for advice on how to avoid risks and contain any harm when you move pesticides.

Transporting Pesticides from seller to farm: On foot

You will need:

  • your sealed pack(s) of pesticide
  • a strong, plastic bag
  • tape
  • a carry bag that is only used for pesticides and is strong and sturdy enough to carry the packs upright.

Place the upright packs in the plastic bag and seal with tape. Then, place this bag in the carry bag. Make sure the packs remain upright. Travel with care. Keep the carry bag with you at all times. Hold the bag in your hand (not over your shoulder or on your back) and with a straight arm so that the bag does not swing. Take the pesticide packs straight to your secure store and complete your store records.

Transporting Pesticides from seller to farm: On two wheels

You will need:

  • your sealed pack(s) of pesticide
  • a strong, plastic bag
  • tape
  • a carry bag that is only used for pesticides and is strong and sturdy enough to carry the packs upright.

Place the upright packs in the plastic bag and seal with tape. Then, place this bag in the carry bag. Make sure the packs remain upright. Travel with care. Keep the carry bag with you at all times. Hold the bag in your hand (not over your shoulder or on your back) and with a straight arm so that the bag does not swing. Take the pesticide packs straight to your secure store and complete your store records.

Transporting Pesticides from seller to farm: By motor

You will need a box which can be locked and will not leak.
Place your pesticide packs upright in the box. Lock the box.
Secure the box onto a surface that will not absorb fluids and that is:

  • in the vehicle's ventilated storage/cargo area
  • away from food, clothing, animal feed, pets or livestock.

Never transport pesticides in the passenger area.

  • Protect the box from impact damage. Secure other items that could damage the box on impact.
  • Carry a spill kit in the vehicle and know how to use it.
  • Make sure the temperature in the storage area is not too hot or too cold.
  • Remain with the pesticides at all times.
  • Travel with care.
  • Take the pesticide packs straight to your secure store and complete your store records.

Transporting Pesticides from store to mixing site

  • Check that you can spray as planned before moving the pesticide.
  • Keep the pesticide in its original pack in a locked box.
  • Carry the pesticide with care so that you do not drop or damage the box and spill the pesticide.
  • Take a route that is easy to use, and avoids water, homes and people.
  • Make sure that you can see the locked pesticide box whilst you spray.

Transporting spray mix from mixing site to field

The pesticide mix is often carried in the sprayer's tank or in a bowser that supplies the sprayers.

  • Check that the knapsack sprayer tank is secure and that straps, belts, clips and bolts will not break when you carry a full load of spray mix.
  • Check that the sprayer tank is filled to a safe level. When using a knapsack sprayer, leave at least a 10% gap between the top of the spray liquid and the tank lid. Make sure that the lid is secure and that there is no spray mix on the outer surfaces of the sprayer.
  • Check that there are no leaks or drips of spray mix from fittings, for example, tank lids, hose clips, nozzles and other parts.
  • Check that the route to the spraying site is clear and safe, and not too steep for loaded operators to walk or for the sprayer to be driven.

When handling unopened pesticide packs and wrappings, wear at least, gloves, long-sleeved shirts and long trousers and boots.