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HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES: SAFE WORK PROCEDURE

This Safe Work Procedure (SWP) is to be used when handling hazardous substances on
the farm. Examples of these include:

Fuels
Insecticides

Pesticides
Gases

Risks

Physical effects fire, explosion

Health effects dermatitis, burns, respiratory illness, cancer

Environmental damage

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


PPE is to be worn as per product Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

Minimum Operator Requirements


The following minimum operator requirements may apply depending on the classification and quantity of the
product being used:

Approved handler certificate, and/or

Controlled substance license

If the operator is uncertain of the requirement they are to check at:


http://saferfarms.org.nz/guides/working-safely-with-chemicals-and-fuels-on-farms/

Communication Process

When working on the farm alone, refer to the Lone Worker Safe Work Procedure.

Equipment

Inventory of hazardous substances on site

Tracking documentation

Safety Data Sheets

Emergency Response Card

Spill kit (location as per SDS)

First aid kit

Fire extinguisher (location as per SDS)

Signage

PPE (as per SDS)

General Procedure
1. Read and follow the product Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) before use
2. Store hazardous substances in accordance with regulations for hazardous substances and the
product SDS
3. Do not eat, drink or smoke when handling fuel or chemicals
4. Ensure applicator equipment is functioning correctly
5. When outdoors, stand upwind when opening, pouring or mixing chemicals
6. When indoors, ensure area is well ventilated when opening, pouring or mixing chemicals
7. Do not use your mouth to siphon liquids or blow out spray nozzles
8. When applying, keep persons and animals away from contaminated equipment and application area
9. In event of a major spill, follow the Emergency Response Card and contact the Fire service

10. In the event of a minor spill, do the following:


a. Keep people away unless they are helping clean up
b. Wear PPE as per SDS
c. Stop spill at leak or source if safe to do so
d. Stop spill from spreading
e. Clean spill up using spill kit materials
f.

Dispose of spill materials as per SDS requirements

g. Clean safety gear after use


11. Replace fuel chemicals in correct storage area after use and secure as required
12. Wash hands, arms and face with cold water when finished handling chemicals

References
Worksafe Good Practice Guidelines Working safely with chemicals and fuels on farms
ERMA New Zealand Compliance Guide for Sheep and Beef Farmers