How to SAFELY STORE PESTICIDES?

Vegetation is over and there is no need for unspent chemicals to be “at hand”, on a shelf in the shed. The rule is that even during the vegetation, when they are often used, they are kept in the original packaging, under lock and key, out of the reach of children and domestic animals. Here’s how to store pesticides properly and safely.

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The durability of pesticides is usually limited to two years, and the date of production and shelf life should always be taken into account when buying them. Only plant protection products are purchased registered and approved for trade and use in Serbia. And only at registered points of sale, with an invoice issued.

Adequate storage pesticides can be successfully preserved. And to keep the properties and not lose efficiency, so that they can be used in the next season. It is important to know that the remaining part is always kept in the original packaging, so that the label is never removed. Also, liquid preparations are never “translate” in smaller bottles. Label on the packaging pesticides and the safety data sheet (MSDS) contain specific information on the storage of a particular pesticide.

If paper packaging damage, then the complete bag is placed in a nylon bag of suitable size and must be marked. All this is done in gloves and a mask should be put on, now at least every house has them. This is necessary especially when examining powdered preparations. Namely, when out of the package expels air, it will also pull small particles from which it needs to be protected.

Regulations they say pesticides must be stored in a separate room, under lock and key, out of reach of children and other uninformed persons. Separated from human food, animal feed, seeds, planting material, fertilizers. With possible access only to persons trained to work with pesticides. At home it is a person who protects plants and who knows the remaining chemicals best.

Proper storage of pesticides

When is it home pharmacy arranged, pesticides inspected, expiration date checked, then all chemicals are stored in a place where they will be stored over the winter. It is also important that the “winter” of pesticides be organized, that the preparations are arranged according to the groups to which they belong – insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and others, auxiliaries and various action enhancers.

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On a small property pesticides are usually stored in some metal cabinets placed in a closed room where the liquid will not freeze. Since the metal is cold on the inside it can be coated with cardboard, newspapers, styrofoam… Pesticides can also be stored in lockable wooden cabinets.

Such as having a large and larger quantities of chemical plant protection products are procured, then they are stored in a separate facility constructed of solid material. It must have a well-insulated roof and walls, with a floor made of impermeable material with a slope for collecting spilled liquid and a mandatory drain into which water will flow after washing the floor. Such an object must be adequately marked with safety instructions. Storage facilities should be dry, with adequate ventilation to avoid the accumulation of vapors.

Ideal conditions for storing pesticides

Most pesticides should be stored at room temperature between 5 and 15 degrees Celsius, and must not be exposed to direct sunlight. Shelves must be smooth, easy to wash, non-absorbent and non-combustible material (e.g. metal).

It should always stand in larger buildings sandbag, vermiculite or some other substance that will be “first aid” for collecting accidentally spilled preparations, cleaning accessories, plastic bags… There are also scales, beakers, measuring cups, all handy tools used in the preparation of protective equipment. As well as scissors that are used only for this purpose, and they are used to cut the packaging in order to take the preparation. In a larger building, you should also find a place for storage smaller sprinklers which are first thoroughly washed, inspected, damaged replacement parts…

Plant protection products should also be stored in a large warehouse in the original packaging with a clearly visible label, as it is the most important safety factor in working with pesticides. Attention should also be paid to the internal organization of the warehouse. That is, group the agents according to their purpose (fungicide, insecticides, herbicide) and formulation (liquids, powders). Liquid agents should be placed on shelves under powdered agents or in granules due to the possibility of spillage. Powders or granules can absorb moisture if stored inadequately, so open bags of such agents should be kept in plastic bags. In the new season, the preparations purchased first are used first, and then in order, to the “freshest” ones.

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Carefully store protective equipment as well

When, after a long time in the spring, you enter such a facility, you enter with protective equipment prescribed for work with pesticides. The mask and gloves are especially important because the air is always full of pesticide fumes. When the facility opens, you should wait a few minutes and then enter to let in fresh air.

Protective equipment should not be stored in the same rooms with pesticides. Next to the room where the plant protection products are stored, it should be located snakes which has two physically separate parts, one for storing personal protective equipment and the other for ordinary clothing. You should also have in every closet with clothes first aid kit in which activated charcoal, pharmaceutical alcohol are indispensable, if there is no toilet nearby and which is a bottle of clean water, soap, towel…

A well-organized host, regardless of whether he keeps pesticides in a cupboard or a larger facility, must know what funds are left in reserve for next season. That is why it is glued to the closet door, or to a special board in a larger building list the remaining preparations, classified by groups. This list is an extraordinary reminder to every “sprinkler”. That way, he or she will, without much fuss and recollection, check the stocks in an hour and know what he needs to get at the beginning of the new season.


Source: Agromedia by www.agromedia.rs.

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