Handling Spillages

Guidance Notes on Handling Spillages of Monsanto Agrochemical Products

Emergency Contacts

During office hours phone
Monsanto Technical Helpline on (01954) 717575
At all other times
National Chemical Emergency Centre on (01865) 407333

Emergency Cover

Monsanto have emergency procedures in place if people or animals may be contaminated by a spillage or need medical attention and to cover clean-up of large scale spills during bulk transport, such a traffic accidents involving lorries loaded with agrochemicals.

Spillages can occur at all stages of the supply chain:

  • During transport of products from manufacturing plant to the UK distribution centres and to end users
  • During storage or use on farms or Amenity sites

Spill Procedure

Emergency advice to distributors, farmers, operators and members of the public should a small spill of concentrated product occur is summarised here.

Where spillages occur, the first point of advice should be the label if available. The following information is based on Material Safety Data sheets, labels and the industry Codes of practice.

The general advice is given below and specifics are listed by product. First Aid information is included, as it is quite possible personnel contamination will occur in the event of a spillage.

  1. Contain spill
    Wearing the appropriate personal protective clothing (PPE) A , surround the area with sufficient absorbent, non-combustible material such as sand bags to prevent entry into drains. Notify authorities (EA) if the spill is large or has entered a watercourse or contaminated soil or vegetation. For Ramrod Flowable keep public away from danger area.
  2. Clean up spill
    For all glyphosate products where spills are small the area can be flushed with small quantities of water, but this should be minimised and not be allowed to enter drains or waterways.
    For larger spills and all other Monsanto products the spill should be absorbed with sand or earth and swept or shovelled into suitable containers B and sealed.
  3. Dig up heavily contaminated soil
    Place in containers B
  4. Clean spill area
    Flush spill area down with water and thoroughly clean affected area and all equipment used.
  5. Dispose of containers B and heavily contaminated protective clothing
    Marked and sealed the waste should be put in a pound retained within a bunded area and preferably away from the Agrochemical store to await collection by an appropriately authorised /licensed specialist waste disposal operator.

Azural, Mentor, Monsanto Amenity Glyphosate, Motif, Ovation, Rodeo, Roundup Biactive, Roundup Pro Biactive, Roundup Energy, Roundup Flex, Roundup ProVantage, Roundup ProActive, Roundup Biactive GL, Roundup ProBiactive 450, Roundup PowerMax, Roundup Star and Samurai

PPE for Operation A Impermeable gloves, suitable protective clothing and dust goggles may be worn for Roundup PowerMax if there is significant potential for contact with the granules.
Containers for Operation B Impervious and made from Aluminium, plastic, plastic-lined steel, stainless steel or fibreglass. Do not use mild steel or galvanised drums as flammable Hydrogen gas is given off
First Aid Skin Wash with water
Contaminated clothing Remove and wash before re-use
Inhalation Remove patient to fresh air
Eye Contact Rinse with plenty of potable water/sterile eye wash solution. Continue for at least 15 minutes with Roundup Max
Ingestion Immediately offer water to drink. If symptoms occur get medical attention. DO NOT induce vomiting. For Roundup Max rinse mouth thoroughly with water

Roundup Ultimate, Roundup Metro

PPE for Operation A Impermeable gloves, suitable protective clothing and chemical goggles where splashing is likely
Containers for Operation B Impervious and made of Aluminium, plastic, plastic-lines steel, stainless steel, or fibreglass. Do not use mild steel or galvanised drums as flammable Hydrogen gas is given off
First Aid Skin Wash with water
Contaminated clothing Remove and wash before re-use
Inhalation Remove patient to fresh air
Eye contact Rinse with plenty of potable water/sterile eye wash solution. Continue for at least 15 minutes, obtain medical advice if there are persistent symptoms
Ingestion Immediately offer water to drink. If symptoms occur get medical attention. DO NOT induce vomiting

Legislation

A number of pieces of legislation cover this area from the Water Framework Directive 2000, Environmental Protection (Duty of care) Regulations 1991, Waste Management Licensing Regulations 2005, ADR Transport Regulations etc, etc. Anyone concerned about a spill should consult the Yellow Code of Practice for Suppliers of Pesticides or the Code of Practice for Plant Protection Products as appropriate. 

There is a large amount of useful information on prevention of pollution and good spraying practice on the Voluntary Initiative website.

Monsanto Technical Hotline (01954) 717575 or e-mail: technical.helpline.uk@monsanto.com