After choosing the right pesticides for you, it is highly important to know how to use it properly. Know how to protect yourself, the environment and get the best result from the chemical

Pesticides get into the body in three major ways:

  • Via the skin
  • Breathing
  • Swallowing

Formula and exposure risk:

Pesticides Formulation

Formulation risks
Pour easily, easy skin contamination, fumes – inhaled, extremely toxic if swallowed
Formulation risks
Produce dust, inhalation poisoning, dangerous on skin or swallowed
Formulation risks
Easier to work with, less risk of personal or environmental contamination, poisoning, inhalation, skin contact or swallowing

Risk of exposure

1. During Preparation (Accounts for over 70% of exposure risk):

  • When opening the package (Splashing, dust)
  • When rinsing the Spray Tank (dust, Vapour)
  • When filling the sprayer (Splashing, foaming)

2. Loading

3. Application

Reading and Understanding Product Labels

A label is a summary of all the information given for registration that is important for the proper handling, usage, storage and disposal of the product and its containers.

Read the label before you:

  • purchase the pesticide
  • mix the pesticide
  • apply the pesticide, and
  • store or dispose of the pesticid
The label is the law! Understand what you are reading. Ask questions if the label isn’t clear to you.


  • Use Personal Protective Gear for protection: overall, gloves, boots, face shield, apron (for liquid)
  • Wear clean protective clothing
  • Handle pesticides carefully
  • Clean yourself after using pesticides
  • Clean protective clothing after using pesticides
  • Follow label instructions carefully
  • Clean your hands and face after work and before eating, drinking or smoking


  • Eat, drink or smoke when working with pesticides
  • Work with pesticides near unprotected people or animals
  • Work with pesticides near exposed food or water