Dave Georg said that the recent death of a farmer from paraquat poisoning should make us all sit up and re-assess how we handle dangerous chemicals in our own workplace. “It’s just too easy for us to get lazy on safety when using chemicals. Maybe we don’t have the correct safety gear on hand, or maybe its uncomfortable to wear it, so we don’t bother to use it”, Dave said. “However, chemicals such as paraquat are particularly unforgiving, and if you have an accident with it you may never get a second chance. Other chemicals may seem to be ‘safe’ to the user, but may cause health problems in the future, such as cancer and organ failure.”
Always read the safety directions on the chemical label and its MSDS before using a chemical. Make sure you always follow safe practices when handling chemicals. Make sure you have the specified safety gear on hand, and that it is in good working condition; and make sure that you wear it correctly at all times when handling the chemical.
The Safety Directions for Spray.Seed, a common chemical containing paraquat, specifies that (Note that the following quote is only part of the total safety directions on the label – users must read ALL the safety directions before handling the chemical); “When there is a risk of exposure to spray mist wear waterproof footwear and waterproof protective clothing, impervious gauntlet length gloves (rubber or PVC), goggles and a face mask and respirator covering nose and mouth and capable of filtering spray droplets.”