Introduction to Transporting Pesticides

pickup truck with open bedTake precautions when transporting pesticides. Accidents can happen even during a short trip. Pesticides containing solvents or their containers can be flammable or explosive. Smoke, fumes, vapors, dusts, and liquids can be toxic. The driver, others in the vehicle, and people outside the vehicle may be exposed to pesticides if there is an accident. An accidental spill can damage vegetation, injure domestic animals and wildlife, and impair water quality.

Improperly loaded pesticide containers can fall from your vehicle, or become punctured or torn during transit. Because pesticides often are transported on public roads, the potential damage from accidents is great, both to human health and to the environment. Listed below you’ll find additional information about transporting pesticides that may be helpful; some of the information may be specific to each state. The information on transporting pesticides given in the following sections of this module is general to the US. Your state may have additional or more stringent requirements.

Resources

Penn State Extension Safety Pesticide Fact Sheet, Transporting Pesticides in Pennsylvania, Part 1: Safety Recommendations and Legal Requirements

Penn State Extension Safety Pesticide Fact Sheet, Transporting Pesticides in Pennsylvania, Part 2: Safety Recommendations and Legal Requirements

Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, Pesticides and Commercial Vehicle Maintenance

Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, Pesticides and Fleet Vehicles – Transporting Pesticides Safely

Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, DOT Rules of the Road

Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, Securing the Load, A Guide to Safe and Legal Transport of Cargo and equipment

University of Florida Extension, Pl-160. Transporting Pesticides and Understanding the Rules of the Road: Farmers, Ranchers and Production Agricultural Operations

University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension Circular 2507. Safe Transport, Storage, and Disposal of Pesticides

University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension NebGuide G2038. Managing Pesticide Spills

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension SP-01-09. Safe and Legal Transportation of Pesticides

Compiled by Jan Hygnstrom, Erin Bauer and Clyde Ogg, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

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