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Pesticides

Photo courtesy of L&I. Sign stating 'Danger: Pesticides, keep out' in English and Spanish

Signal words such as Warning, Danger, and Poison indicate a highly toxic pesticide. Follow requirements for safe work practices, protective equipment, and safety training to prevent possible harm.

Photo courtesy of L&I.

Pesticides are used in nearly all workplaces, from food and drinking establishments, to schools, health care facilities, nail and beauty salons, and golf courses.

Pesticides include products to kill viruses and bacteria, plants, bugs, rodents, and other pests. Employers must have both a Safety Data Sheet and an EPA label for pesticides.

Pesticides can harm you in the short term or make you sick later in life. Exposure to pesticides can occur through eye or skin contact, inhalation, and ingestion. Serious injuries and illnesses, including chemical burns and cancer, can result from exposure. Workers must be trained to understand the hazards, protect themselves, and follow label instructions.

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