Test Your Knowledge of Some Basic Pesticide Safety Principles

Always read and follow label directions before buying or using a pesticide. Follow all appropriate federal, state, tribal and local regulations.

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  1. True or False___ Pesticide containers must never be reused for another purpose.
  2. True or False___ ’Weed n Feed’ products can be stored on the floor anywhere in the garage because the percentage of herbicide is very low.
  3. True or False___ The only time that it is necessary to delay an application is if rainfall is imminent.
  4. True or False___ Pesticide labels are legally enforceable documents.
  5. True or False___ State laws regarding pesticides may differ, as long as they are not more lenient than federal law.
  6. True or False___ Children should not apply insect repellents to themselves.
  7. True or False___ It is only important to read the directions on personal protective equipment the first time you purchase that type of equipment (respirator, chemical–resistant clothing, etc.)
  8. True or False___ It is acceptable to hose off a pesticide spill if the water will be trapped by the lawn or garden.
  9. True or False___ Pesticides should be stored in a dry, cool area that does not freeze.
  10. True or False___ All pesticide labels that are not part of the container should be stored together in an easily accessible drawer.
  11. True or False___ Spills do not need to be cleaned up if they are covered with kitty litter or sand.
  12. True or False___ It is necessary to follow at least 95% of the label requirements to go through with the application.
  13. True or False___ Pesticides should be placed on the floor in the back seat when transporting them in a car.
  14. True or False___ Children, pets, toys, and food should always be kept away when mixing and applying pesticides.
  15. True or False___ Unwanted pesticides can be taken to a hazardous waste collection program facility or event that accepts pesticides.
  16. True or False___ Left–over spray, sprayer rinse material, and contaminated clothing are not a concern because of very low pesticide residues.
  17. True or False___ Leather and cotton gloves are good choices for protection when applying pesticides.
  18. True or False___ No amount of unused pesticide should ever be flushed down the toilet or poured down the sink.
  19. True or False___ Kitty litter is an example of a good absorbent material that should be kept readily available in case of a pesticide spill.
  20. True or False___ The only time that it is important to read the first aid instructions is immediately following an accident.
  21. True or False___ It is important to keep the pesticide from reaching other people’s property, even if the property is a labeled use.
  22. True or False___ Rodent and insect baits should always be placed in areas where small children and pets cannot reach them.
  23. True or False___ Pesticides can be stored in an unlocked cabinet as long as it is 6 feet above the floor.
  24. True or False___ Pesticide containers should never be stored where they can become corroded.
  25. True or False___ The pesticide label should be read before purchase, before application, and when storing and disposing of the pesticide.
  26. True or False___ Pesticides should be measured and mixed in a well–ventilated area, away from children, pets, toys, and food.
  27. True or False___ There are no safety concerns if the pesticide is naturally occurring in the environment.
  28. True or False___ Personal protective equipment (respirators, gloves, chemical resistant clothing, etc.) should be stored with pesticides.
  29. True or False___ Water that is collected from cleaning and rinsing application equipment can be discarded on any soil.
  30. True or False___ Pesticides should not be applied right before rain or irrigation.
  31. True or False___ Nearly 75% of pesticide accidents are due to improper storage, and involve people who were not even using the pesticide.
  32. True or False___ If possible, you should purchase only the amount of pesticide needed for one season.
  33. True or False___ There are more than 800,000 certified pesticide applicators in the United States.
  34. True or False___ Calibration is necessary to make sure the application equipment is clean.
  35. True or False___ An untreated area downwind of the spray is one way to protect sensitive crops from spray drift.
  36. True or False___ Sand is not a good absorbent material to use in case of a pesticide spill.
  37. True or False___ An empty aerosol spray can that contained a pesticide can be disposed of in a sanitary landfill.
  38. True or False___ If work clothes are only slightly contaminated by pesticide spray, it is acceptable to wash them with other clothing.



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