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Spray equipment safety concepts for pest control & weed control spray professionals.

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  • © Copyright 2008 Quality Equipment & Spray
    Spray Equipment - 3 Important Considerations:
    Safety
    Safety
    Safety.
    Andrew Greess
    Quality Equipment & Spray
    Office of Pest Management
    Scottsdale, AZ
    March 2009
    www.qspray.com
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  • Spray Equipment Safety - Ground Rules
    PLEASE:
    Ask Questions
    Share Safety experiences - good and bad.
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  • Why is Safety Important?
    - Spray Technicians
    - Employers/Owners/Managers
    - Public
    - Industry
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    Why is Safety Important?
    Spray Technicians
    - Avoid Pain & Injury
    - Avoid Long Term Health Consequences
    - Avoid Reduction in Income
    - Avoid Impacting Customers
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  • Why is Safety Important?
    Employers/Owners/Managers
    - Expense (worker comp, medical, repairs, lawsuits, cleanups)
    - Productivity Impacts
    - Customer Impact
    - Finding Replacement Employees is Difficult
    - Avoid negative publicity
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  • Why is Safety Important?
    Public
    - Avoid Accidents
    - Avoid Spills
    - Avoid Chemical Exposure
    Industry
    - Maintain Reputation
    - Avoid Bad Press/Poor Image
    - Impact Legislation & Regulation
    e.g., Canada neighbor notification
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  • Safety - Whose Responsibility?
    • Department/Organization?
    • Technician?
    • Manager/supervisor?
    • Chemical distributor?
    • Chemical manufacturer?
    • Equipment distributor?
    • Equipment manufacturer?
    • Trade organizations?
    • Regulatory Agencies?
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  • Safety - Whose Responsibility?
    Breakfast - Chicken vs. Pig
    The Chicken is interested. The Pig is committed.
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  • Safety - Whose Responsibility?
    Spray Technician –
    Its your health!
    Its your life!
    Its your license.
    Its your livelihood.
    You are on the front line. You must take control!
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  • Safety - What are the Hazards?
    Types of hazards
    Personal/Acute Injury
    Back Strain
    Chemical
    Truck & Load-Related
    What do we do about them?
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  • Safety - What are the Hazards?
    Personal/Acute Injury
    Bumps
    Abrasions
    Cut/scrapes
    Burns
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  • Safety - What are the Hazards?
    Back Strain
    Access to Equipment
    Lifting
    Stretching/Straining
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  • Safety - What are the Hazards?
    Chemical
    Chemical exposure
    Spill
    Slip
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    Safety - What are the Hazards?
    Truck & Load
    - Flying objects
    - Load security
    - Vehicle control & stability
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  • Safety - What Do We Do About It?
    PPE - Personal Protective Equipment
    Equipment: Selection, Design & Construction
    Operating Procedures (things a technician should do)
    Policies & Procedures (things a manager should do)
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  • Maximizing Safety - Personal Protective Equipment
    PPE:
    Not for EPA
    Not for OPM
    Not for Department
    Not for Boss
    FOR YOU!
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  • Maximizing Safety - Personal Protective Equipment
    PPE:
    Not just gloves while you are spraying.
    Protect: Skin. Eyes. Nose. Mouth.
    Others watch how you handle chemicals.
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  • Maximizing Safety - Selection,Design, Construction
    Personal/Acute Injury
    Bump
    Abrasion
    Cut/scrape
    Burn
    - Design safety in.
    - Do a thorough review.
    - Look for overhang, rust, rough edges, sharp corners,
    moving parts, hot or sharp items, etc.
    - Use caution around job site
    - Continuous improvement in your equipment
    - Borrow ideas
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  • Maximizing Safety - Selection,Design, Construction
    Prevent Back Strain
    - Easy Access to Equipment
    - Room to walk safely
    - Anti-slip surfaces
    - Eliminate trip, bump hazards
    - Plan it before you build it
    Safety step & handrails
    to protect technician
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  • Maximizing Safety - Selection,Design, Construction
    Back Strain: Eliminate Stretching & Strain
    - Easy Access to Equipment
    - No Awkward Stretching, Straining, Lifting
    - Equipment Appropriate to Employee
    - Don’t Overfill Equipment
    Easy Fill - Less Reaching
    Easy Access
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  • Maximizing Safety - Selection,Design, Construction
    Chemical Issues:
    Chemical exposure
    Spill
    Slip
    - Use good design - prevent problems
    - Keep it clean
    - Follow the Label
    - Water anywhere it is not supposed to be is bad
    - Report problems
    - Fix problems
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  • Maximizing Safety - Selection,Design, Construction
    Leaks
    You know what
    Problems
    $
    to
    fix
    Time
    Downhill
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    Maximizing Safety - Selection,Design, Construction
    Chemical Related Problems
    Proper plumbing design is critical.
    Some problems we see:
    - Return to tank is constrained
    - Return to tank bottom
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  • Maximizing Safety - Selection,Design, Construction
    Chemical Related Problems:
    Inexpensive parts can have a
    BIG impact on spills & safety!
    Which would you rather use?
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  • Maximizing Safety - Selection,Design, Construction
    Load Related Safety Issues
    - Flying objects
    - Load security
    - Vehicle control & stability
    WHY?
    - Smaller trucks
    - More equipment in truck
    - More traffic
    - More time on the road
    - More bad drivers
    - More accidents
    This guy was lucky - no one killed!
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  • Maximizing Safety - Selection,Design, Construction
    Load Related Safety Issues
    - Secure all equipment
    - Inspect bolts
    - Inspect connections
    - Inspect tank straps
    - Inspect toolboxes
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  • Maximizing Safety - Selection,Design, Construction
    Vehicle control & stability
    - The Water in Tank is most of the weight (i.e., the tank is in control)
    - Most poly tanks are not baffled
    - Most baffled fiberglass tanks control 1 dimension only
    - How do you control this load?
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  • Maximizing Safety - Selection,Design, Construction
    Surgebusters - Tank Baffle System for liquid load control
    - Easy to install
    - Works in 3 Dimensions
    - Works in most tanks
    - Improves safety
    - Saves brakes, tires, transmission
    Play 1:30 video
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  • Maximizing Safety - Selection,Design, Construction
    Summary
    - Work with your equipment supplier to design safety in up front
    - Fix serious problems ASAP
    - Ensure proper plumbing design
    - Check that your equipment is secured
    - Continuously improve equipment selection and design
    - Borrow ideas from colleagues at meetings like this one
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  • Maximizing Safety - Operations
    Summary
    - Inspect equipment at the start of your day
    - Don’t rush/Don’t cut corners
    - Don’t run pumps/motors too fast/high pressure
    - Don’t overpressurize hand sprayers
    - Borrow ideas from colleagues at meetings like this on
    - Don’t live with leaks and problems - report promptly
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  • Maximizing Safety - Policies & Procedures
    Summary
    - Create a “Safety” culture
    - Encourage reporting of problems
    - Have regular safety meetings to share ideas
    - Ask Spray Technicians for their ideas on improving safety
    - Proper equipment maintenance will reduce safety problems
    - Retrain technicians on proper equipment operation
    - Managers should perform equipment inspections & ride alongs
    - Managers should occasionally “pull hose”
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  • Spray Equipment Safety - More Information
    Visit: www.SprayEquipmentBlog.com
    Download: Top 10 Spray Equipment Productivity Tips at: www.qspray.comTop10.html
    Read: Parks & Rec Business Magazine - featured columnist
    Pest Management Professional Magazine - monthly column (samples here)
    Web:www.qspray.com
    Follow on Twitter:andrewgreess
    Email:andrew@qspray.com
    Call: (602) 371-1993 for free safety review
    © Copyright 2008 Quality Equipment & Spray
    Our equipment. Your success.
  • © Copyright 2008 Quality Equipment & Spray
    Spray Equipment - Safety. Safety. Safety.
    Think Safety.
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