Personal safety and record keeping transcript
Personal protective equipment should always be worn when working with agricultural chemicals. You will find information on the appropriate safety gear to be worn on the product label and MSDS. As a minimum, you should wear washable or disposable overalls and hat, nitrile gloves, rubber boots and eye protection.
Making a record of your chemical use is something that some people forget. Accurate records of your chemical use are a real advantage. They tell you exactly what went on, and if something has gone wrong, you're able to track it back through your records and find out the reason why.
You can also use your records to monitor efficacy, and also help you monitor the build up of resistance to different herbicide groups. Keeping records of chemical use is a legal requirement in Victoria, and must include the product trade name, the date the product was used, the application rate, the crop that was treated or the situation in which the product was applied, the extent of use, that is, the area of land treated, the specific location where the product was used, the wind speed and direction at the time of spraying, and the name and address of the person who did the spraying or if you're spraying on behalf of someone else, you also need to record the name and address of the person for whom the application was carried out.
Never undervalue the time taken to read the label of the product you're about to use. This is not wasted time. In fact, it may make your job more effective and minimise your impact on your neighbours. If you require any further information on any of the topics in this video, contact your local Chemical Standards Officer at the DEPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186 or visit the DEPI website at www.depi.vic.gov.au.
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