GFB News Magazine

Prevent pesticide poisoning 

Posted on August 28, 2022 12:00 AM

National Farm Safety & Health Week will be observed Sept. 18-24. Farmers often use chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, defoliants) approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to produce their crops. It’s important to safely store pesticides on your farm to protect the people and animals on your farm and the environment. In the interest of preventing an accidental poisoning, please observe these safety tips from the EPA and Extension specialists. 


Where to store pesticides

• OUT OF REACH of children & pets

• In LOCKED metal or plastic cabinets that can be cleaned

• In WELL-VENTILATED room/shed

• AWAY FROM food, animal feed, medical supplies or personal protection equipment

• FAR AWAY from an ignition source (a vehicle, farm & yard equipment)

• NOT in flood-prone places nor where chemicals may spill or leak into wells, drains, ground or surface water


How to store pesticides

• In ORIGINAL containers with labels that list ingredients & first aid steps in case of poisoning

• NEVER TRANSFER pesticides to a beverage bottle with its original label or to other unlabeled containers. Someone may mistakenly drink it.

• Store dry pesticides above/ away from liquid to prevent spillage/leakage/contamination

• Safely dispose of any unknown or expired pesticides by following EPA recommendations at

Time is critical for any pesticide poisoning!

Immediately get help from

• local hospital

• physician or

• call Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222


Symptoms of Organophosphate/Carbamate Pesticide Poisoning*


Nausea and diarrhea




Spit present in mouth


Moist membranes

Possibly small pupils

Slow pulse

Central nervous system depression

Loss of coordination


Coma (can't waken)

*Source: National Pesticide Information Center

UGA Extension pesticide educational resources available at: