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||Suggested safety precautions for the handling of phosphatic insecticides
||Gulf Coast Station mimeo report
||2 leaves : ; 28 cm
||Kelsheimer, E. G ( Eugene Gillespie ), 1902-
Gulf Coast Experiment Station (Bradenton, Fla.)
||Gulf Coast Station
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Gulf Coast Station Mimeo Report 54-2
SUGGESTED SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR THE HANDLING
OF PHOSPHATIC INSECTICIDES
E. G. Kelsheimer
The information contained herein is a compilation from many sources.
Practically every person has treated his lawn for chinch bugs. Among the many
insecticides used in the control of chinch bug are parathion and malathion, both
of which are phosphatic materials. There is no recommendation for the use on lawns
of parathion or malathion, although both are extensively used. There are other
phosphatic insecticides beside these two that the homeowner can purchase, and the
sam3 precautions apply to their use. There is no law to prevent the homeowner from
going into a store and buying such of these materials as may be available at the time.
If these materials are used, there are a few precautions derived from
experience and sound reasoning that the user of these poisons should follow so that
no harm will result. Every insecticide is a poison' Some of the phosphatic insecti-
cides are extremely dangerous.
Phosphatics are effective insecticides and extremely toxic to warm-blooded
animals. They are poisonous if swallowed, if inhaled, or if absorbed through the
1. Do not breathe insecticide dusts while opening or handling the bags. Do
not get insecticides in the eyes or on the skin.
2. Do not breathe spray mist while spraying. Work to windward. Do not use
sprays in confined areas.
3. Keep all persons and pets out of the area being treated or from the vi-
cinity where there may be danger of drift. Do not re-enter treated areas for at .cast
an hour, or until the sprayed surface is thoroughly dry.
4. Wear a respirator while handling the wettable powder or while spraying.
5. Never handle phosphatic insecticides with the bare hand. Always wear
rubber gloves if it is necessary to handle the powder.
6. Wash face, hands, and arms after using phosphatic insecticides and be-
fore eating or smoking. If convenient, take a bath as soon as Ipray 6perationif are
7. Do not smoke while spraying or handling the wettable powder. Do not
carry smoking or chewing tobacco in spray clothes.
8. Bury all empty containers.
Call a doctor immediately if person handling phosphatic insecticides de-
velops symptoms of headache, blurred vision, weakness, nausea, cramps, diarrhea, or
discomfort in the cheat.
First aid treatments adapted by Chemagro Corporation are as follows:
"Every operator using phosphatic insecticides should have access to 1/100
:grain atropine tablets. Atropine tablets require a prescription and a doctor's in-
structions for use. Learn what to do in an emergency, but while waiting for the
doctor do these things:
0-) Inhalation: Remove patient from contaminated atmosphere; keep patient under con-
(2) External: Immediately remove contaminated clothing and scrub skin with soap and
water for fifteen minutes.
(3) Internal: If swallowed, make patient vomit by giving warm salty or warm soapy