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Protecting Workers

Protecting Workers image – a farm worker wears personal protective equipment while filling a sprayer

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is special apparel and devices worn to protect pesticide handlers and other workers from contact with pesticides or pesticide residues.

Different types of PPE can include aprons, chemical-resistant gloves, coveralls, waterproof footwear, goggles, and respirators.

Picking the right PPE for the job is a crucial first step. The required PPE is listed on the pesticide label and may differ depending on the activity.

For example, PPE used during pesticide mixing and loading may be different than PPE used for application and repair activities. The PPE required may also differ among products due to toxicity, active ingredients, how they are handled, and rates at which they are applied.

It is critical to read and follow the PPE section on every product label carefully.

Farm safety means dressing for the job

Syngenta has collaborated with the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association to create Dress for Success!, a resource for farm employers and employees regarding basic PPE principles and practices to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in handling a pesticide.

Seed treatment keg stewardship

Pressurized containers, also known as kegs, are used in Western Canada and it is imperative that kegs are used appropriately. Guidelines for seed treatment keg containers are designed to improve the clarity of label directions, support the proper use and stewardship of seed treatment products, and comply with federal requirements. Learn more.

Best Use Practices for Demand CS Insecticide

Demand CS Insecticide provides control of various insect pests in residential and commercial buildings. This document outlines some of the important precautions outlined on the Demand CS label to support the health and safety of those handling the product, as well as those that live and work in the areas to be treated.

Accredited Seed Treatment Operation Standards

CropLife Canada and its members created the Accredited Seed Treatment Operation Standards to provide uniform environmental health and safety practices for the storage and handling of designated seed treatment products in Canada. Effective January 1, 2017, only Accredited Seed Treatment Operators certified under this code will be eligible to receive and apply designated seed treatment products. The standards are aimed to develop and implement improved stewardship practices in the storage and use of the plant science industry’s seed treatment products. Sites must successfully complete an audit conducted by a certified Seed Treatment Auditor to become accredited. Learn more.