Who Must Have a Pesticide Handling and Discharge Response Plan?
Anyone that conducts operational area activities must have a Pesticide Handling and Discharge Response Plan according to state regulations. Operational area activities generally include anything that pertains to handling pesticides in anyway including (but not limited to) loading spray equipment, bulk repackaging, or cleaning application, storage or transportation equipment. Operational area does not include areas that receive or distribute pesticides in a manufacturers original unbroken container. It is required that a plan be on file at the nearest office or in or around the operational area.
- Private Applicator Pesticide Handling and Discharge Response Plan
- Commercial Applicator Pesticide Handling and Discharge Response Plan
What is a Pesticide Discharge and Response Plan?
Although a Pesticide Handling and Discharge Response Plan is required by state regulations, its’ purpose is to benefit the operator. Developing a written plan provides others with information in an emergency situation as well as procedures to follow when handling pesticides and preventive measures to avoid emergency situations. A Pesticide Handling and Discharge Response Plan must contain the following elements to comply with state regulations:
- Methods & procedures to be used for the transfer, loading, unloading, mixing, repackaging & refilling of pesticide containers & pesticide application equipment.
- Methods & procedures to be used for the periodic inspection of equipment used to transfer or hold pesticides.
- Methods for the repair or replacement of any equipment found to be defective.
- Methods & procedures used for the rinsing, washing & cleaning of pesticide containers & application, storage or transportation equipment.
- Method & procedures to be used in the transfer, handling, storage & disposal of materials recovered from within operational area containment, if required.
- Methods, procedures, materials & equipment to be used to contain, recover, store, transport & dispose of discharges outside of operational area containment systems.
- The identity & telephone numbers of responsible persons & agencies who are to be contacted if a discharge or other emergency situation occurs.
How Do I Use the Plan After I Have One Developed?
A Pesticide Handling and Discharge Response Plan functions as a tool for routine maintenance and employee training as well as in an emergency situation. The plan provides a tool that can be used to train employees in the manner in which pesticides should be handled as well as the types of things to look for when inspecting storage, transportation and application equipment. Although state regulations require that the plan is updated and that operators train employee’s annually, the benefits of compliance could include averting a potential hazardous and costly situation.
In an emergency situation the plan can provide critical information such as where equipment is located, what equipment is needed, how to handle a situation, and who to call for assistance. Storing the plan in a sealable container near the operational area could help to avert potential hazardous situations.