Guidance on Pesticide Hazards – Workplace Health and Safety
13th November 2019
by Worksafe Queensland
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority have released a review of glyphosate use.
Pesticides, including herbicides, insecticides and fungicides, are hazardous chemicals and are a health risk if safety precautions are not taken.
Common pesticides include:
As with all hazardous chemicals, particularly those which may cause cancer, worker exposure must be minimised, including skin contact, breathing in vapour and mists, and accidental ingestion through poor hand hygiene. Exposure to herbicides and pesticides may cause serious health problems, so check each product’s safety data sheet for possible harmful health effects.
Short term health effects may include:
Long term health effects may include:
It is important to get a copy of the safety data sheet SDS for the herbicide or pesticide being used. An SDS Provides comprehensive health and handling information compared with the product label. It is important all workers, especially those involved in decanting and diluting concentrated or full-strength products, follow all safe instructions in the SDS.
Minimise the exposure of workers herbicides and pesticides by:
Health monitoring may be required where there is significant risk to workers’ health because of exposure to pesticides such as organophosphates.
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) controls and regulates pesticides and herbicides. For more information about the APVMA and its position on glyphosate visit apvma.gov.au