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close this bookSafe Use of Pesticides (ILO, 1985, 52 p.)
close this folder3. Use of pesticides on farms and agricultural land
View the document3.1 Organisation and responsibilities
View the document3.2 Safe working procedures
View the document3.3 Protective clothing and equipment
View the document3.4 Personal hygiene
View the document3.5 Medical supervision and emergencies

3.4 Personal hygiene

The importance of personal hygiene should be particularly emphasised where eating and living accommodation are close by pesticide storage, handling or application areas. Washing facilities must be made available centrally or at the work area, and workers should wash before eating or drinking and at the end of the working day. In the absence of running water, separate supplies of drinking and washing water should be provided. All meals should be taken away from any area where pesticides have been used and in an area where contaminated clothing can be removed. Smoking, drinking and eating should be forbidden during any work with pesticides. Food should not be carried on tractors used for spraying or taken to the spraying site by applicators. Hater from open natural sources in a treated area should not be drunk. Alcoholic beverages should not be given to workers when they are using pesticides.

A supply of water for washing in the event of emergencies should always be at hand.