“For 50 years I stirred the spray tanks with my bare hands, and drove mist blowers with open tractors. These pesticides are the reason I am so strong and healthy today”
Every farmer today have heard this said by the generation before them. It’s no secret that farmers have taken lightly on farm safety and good practices for handling chemicals in their business. The hazards involved are rarely immediate, rather they increase with more exposure. It’s the kind of risk you forget about in the daily routines.
I am not an alarmist. I will not claim immediate death will follow if you handle a pesticide without gloves. But realistically, the world in general has become more diligent in managing such risks, and the farming industry needs to follow. In the future, HSE will be more and more important. As will be experienced through more attention from auditors.
In short, 4 simple rules will make you a HSE champion:
- Don’t violate application rate and volume limits
- Don’t violate re-entry and withholding periods
- Wear suitable personal protective equipment
- Have documentation to prove above 3 bullets
At Farmable, we focus on freeing up office time for farmers, so they can focus on growing food. Our latest feature, the Safe Spraying Module, makes HSE compliance easy.