Farm Safety Check: Chemical Storage Area

Farm Safety Check: Chemical Storage Area

MARCH 2017

Safe storage of chemicals on the farm is critical to you, your family, workers, visitors and livestock. Maintaining a proper chemical storage room or building reduces the risk of accidental exposure. Incidents with chemicals can be serious and life threatening, so it is important to review your storage area for possible hazards and correct any issues.

Have you taken the proper steps to ensure the safety of your chemical storage area?



The checklist below lists a few common hazards you can look for and fix to keep your workers and family safe.

  • Are chemicals stored in a room or building which can be secured from children, visitors and livestock?
  • Do chemical containers have the original labels?
  • Are chemicals stored in their original containers and never in food or drink containers?
  • Is smoking prohibited in and around buildings where chemicals are stored and when they are being handled?
  • Is the storage area well ventilated and lighted?
  • Are respirators, rubber gloves, aprons, chemical goggles, coveralls and other chemical protective gear available?
  • Is the Poison Help Line number (1-800-222-1222) posted in a visible place?

You and/or your employee(s) can download and print a pdf checklist to complete safety checks on your farm.  Keep the completed forms for follow-up, future reference and inspections.



National Poison Prevention Week

National Poison Prevention Week raises awareness of poison prevention nationwide during the third full week of March every year. The week is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisonings for people of all ages and promote community involvement in poisoning prevention.



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Disclaimer: The facts and information listed above are suggestions for your safety, but are in no way a comprehensive and exhaustive list of all actions needed to ensure your safety.