Pesticides: Safe Storage Techniques

If you’re responsible for maintenance and care of landscaping and grounds, chances are you’ll be utilizing a pesticide when a pest problem occurs. Pesticides are toxic and harmful to both humans and the environment, so be sure to exercise caution and follow safe storage techniques. Here are a few recommended safe practices from the Environmental Protection Agency:

1. Buy only the amount needed for the current problem. Storing pesticides over a long period of time reduces their effectiveness and if in containers not sealed properly, can leak and corrode.

2. Follow the directions on the label! A little reading can save a life. Ideally, pesticides should be kept locked in a separate area so children, pets, and unauthorized employees cannot gain access. Never store these hazardous chemicals near medical supplies, animal feed, or food/water supplies where they can easily be mistaken for another substance.

3. The label will indicate if the pesticide is flammable. If this is the case, ensure that the chemical are kept a safe distance from automobiles, heating sources, or power tools.

4. Keep pesticides in their original containers as they are designed by the manufacturer to prevent corrosion and contamination.

5. Never store pesticides in areas where flooding may occur. The chemicals can seep into the groundwater and contaminate the environmental system.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: For those times when pesticide use is necessary, be sure you’re keeping your employees, customers, or family safe by following safe storage practices. Cleaning up a “mess” costs time and money!