Your safety, and the safety of others, is paramount when out on the farm operating different types of machinery and equipment. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind when next using your sprayer.…
10 Safety Tips in Using Your Sprayer
Know Your Equipment
Read the manual, set up correctly, and make sure your sprayer is accurately calibrated
Wear Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment
Different chemicals will require different levels of protective gear – always read the label! PPE includes overalls, gloves, boots, hats, and eyewear – all made of chemical-resistant materials such as butyl rubber, neoprene, PVC, or coated or laminated polyethylene fabrics
Remain Up-to-Date with Changes to Legislations and Laws
Whether it be occupational health and safety, codes of practice, or environment laws, it is important to understand and abide by the rules.
Be Mindful of Weather Conditions
Wind may cause spray drift, which in turn can be harmful to both you and surrounding vegetation. Plan ahead, and be prepared to adjust your spraying schedule if the weather conditions change too much
Create a Buffer Zone
Allowing an area between chemically affected areas and sensitive zones, such as houses, waterways, or a different type of vegetation, will lessen the chance of chemicals getting where they’re not meant to be. It is important to be careful of the buffer zone on windy days – spraying too close to it could cause havoc.
Do not Spray Whilst Others are Around
Whether it be people or animals, it is essential for the safety of others.
Never Operate Your Sprayer Without Driveline Guards
This one is a no-brainer. Don’t put yourself at risk
Be Sure to Maintain a Constant Speed When Spraying
If you do need to increase the speed, remember to change to a larger nozzle, and re-calibrate your sprayer as needed
Do Not Leave Your Sprayer Unattended Without Turning Off the Engine
Always shut off the engine and remove ignition key before performing maintenance or repair.
Decontaminate Your Sprayer After Use
Be sure to include the pump, hose, boom and hand lance in this process. This will protect crops harmful spray residue, and prevent your sprayer from deterioration