Safe handling toxic chemical products

Safe handling toxic chemical products

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Credit: SHEILA TERRY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: MODEL RELEASED. The operative has been trained in the safe handling of this insecticide product so as not to endanger either himself or the environment. He is wearing a full-face visor to protect his eyes and a facemask to prevent inhalation of the dry powder. He is wearing gauntlets which can be decontaminated and a disposable whole-body plastic suit. These insecticides are not available to the public but only to users who have undergone professional training in their application and proper use. Bendiocarb, an acutely toxic carbamate insecticide, is commonly used in wasp nest control. It is in the World Health Organization (WHO) class II for acute toxicity indicating that it is moderately hazardous to humans if ingested or absorbed through the skin. It also has adverse ecological effects, similar to the organophosphates, and can kill birds at low doses. Its use is banned in the US and is under consideration in the EU.

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Keywords: carbamate, chemical hazard, decontamination, disposable clothing, ecological effects, environment, facemask, hat, health and safety, ingestion, inhalation, insecticide, masks, organophosphates, stings, toxic chemicals, training, veil, visor, world health organization

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