If you work in lawn care or landscaping, pesticides and other chemicals are probably just a part of life. Insecticides, herbicides, fungicides – you name it, you use it. But these chemicals can be very harmful if they’re not handled and stored properly. If you work with pesticides or other chemicals, you need to be safe so you can reduce your chances of exposure.
There are four different types of exposure:
- Getting it on your skin: Can lead to dermatitis (irritation of the skin)
- Swallowing: Can damage the digestive system and enter the bloodstream
- Inhaling: Can cause inflammation of the lungs
- Getting it in your eyes: Can lead to visual impairment
Remember, these chemicals are intended to kill living things. That means that they need to be used with caution. Follow these tips to become a pesticide safety pro.