Pesticide Safety

This page covers the following topics:

  • Overview
  • Pesticide Hazards
  • General Pesticide Safety Requirements
  • Training Requirements
  • Notification Requirements
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements
  • Restricted Entry Requirements
  • Decontamination Supply Requirements
  • Emergency Medical Assistance Requirements


Pesticides used in agriculture operations can be hazardous. Handling and applying pesticides may result in bodily exposure, while irritants may also enter the body if workers breathe in mist, dust, fumes, or smoke containing pesticides. This page discusses pesticide hazards and safety solutions.

Pesticide Hazards

Pesticides can present a hazard to applicators, to harvesters reentering a sprayed field, to family members exposed to “take-home” contamination, and to rural residents via air, ground water, and food. Workers may be exposed to pesticides in a variety of ways, including:

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