Chemicals are an integral part of farming operations, particularly around this time of the year. Seed treatments and pre and post-emergent applications are all used in various methods by grain growers. Safety around chemicals can be maintained by ensuring proper storage, transportation, usage and disposal.
Suggestions for the safe storage and usage of chemicals include:
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper storage and usage including quantities.
- Keep chemicals in their original containers and do not pour into smaller bottles. (If you do, make sure the bottles are labelled as per the requirements).
- Ensure anyone using the chemicals is suitably trained.
- Store chemicals in a locked, well-ventilated shed with floors that will contain spills.
Have you explored the option of a chemical shower? It’s easier than you think.
You can purchase a chemical shower online or search your local area for suppliers.
Further details on safe storage, transport, use and disposal of chemicals are available in the Safe Ag Systems™ Chemical Guidelines Fact Sheet.
Make sure everyone knows where to find your chemical shower and include clear guidelines in your emergency management plan. Put up a sign so people can see it.
Chemical accreditation provides training for individuals and businesses working with chemicals in order to ensure their safe transport, storage and application and can be done online with several registered training organisations.
The traditional farmer has always been known for keeping all of their useful records in their head. There are farmers across the country who can recall the last time the season was this good, this dry or this late down to the year.
But in this modern day, farming is also a business and businesses need accurate record keeping systems to do everything from borrow money, plan budgets and identify strengths and weaknesses in the business. Chemical records are a legal requirement.
Further information: State legislation regarding use of chemicals.
Do you have your emergency plan in place? Take a few minutes to read our article on emergency management.
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