Chemicals – safe handling
Chemical such as insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and fuels are commonly handled on farms and need to be handled and stored with care.
Always store chemicals in a safe place and don't store or mix chemicals in an unlabelled container.
Because farms are often homes as well as workplaces, the chance for contact with chemicals is increased. There is also the possibility that chemical matter is taken back into the home, for example on clothing or footwear.
Chemicals can be absorbed through the skin, inhalation, ingestion or eye.
Always wash your hands carefully after handling chemicals and remove soiled clothing before you enter your home. Remember not to eat or drink where chemicals are used.
Unfortunately, sometimes the effects of exposure to chemicals are difficult to pick up until chronic illness has occurred.