Farm chemicals

The agricultural sector uses a variety of pesticides to protect plants, animals and agricultural products from harmful pests and diseases.

Many of these pesticides contain hazardous chemicals that can have short and long-term health effects if not managed safely.

Know your chemicals

Below is some information on hazardous chemicals you may have come into contact with.

Tips to stay safe

  • substitute hazardous chemicals for safer alternatives
  • read your up-to-date safety data sheet and labels which will tell you all about the chemicals you are working with as well as how to store and handle them safely
  • stay in the loop about banned products
  • wear the right protective gear
  • consider other ground workers or family who might be exposed eg via clothing
  • alert workers and family about the risks associated with the chemicals you are using
  • talk to your employer if you are unsure of anything, or contact us
  • talk to your doctor if you notice a change in your health

You can also watch our agricultural chemicals and pesticides video safety below for steps on how avoid exposure.

Pesticides in agriculture

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