What should I do when carrying pesticides in my vehicle?
You are responsible for transporting pesticides safely. Pesticides are moved in vehicles when they are first bought, driven between locations, or taken to a disposal site when they become old or unused. Keep in mind that accidents can happen even when traveling short distances. Take steps when loading products into your vehicle. This can help prevent a fender bender from turning into a chemical spill.
Never carry pesticides inside the passenger sitting area. If a spill occurs, it may be impossible to remove the chemicals from the fabric or flooring. Fumes may also be released that can make people very sick. If you transport products in a van or SUV, put them as far away from people or pets as possible, and open side windows.
When transporting pesticides, be sure to:
When transporting by truck:
Things to avoid:
Having supplies prepared before a spill occurs can save precious time. It will also help reduce risks to people and the environment. Have plastic bags, absorbent material (cat litter or paper towels), and rubber gloves when transporting products used at home. These items may stop a spill from spreading, and protect you during cleanup. A larger spill kit is needed if moving concentrated or large quantities of products.
If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.