Handling Spillages

GUIDANCE NOTES ON HANDLING SPILLAGES OF MONSANTO AGROCHEMICAL PRODUCTS

Spillages can occur at all stages of the supply chain.

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

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 accident involving a lorry loaded with agrochemicals.

EMERGENCY CONTACTS

During office hours

PHONE: MONSANTO TECHNICAL HELPLINE on (01954) 717575

Outside office hours

PHONE: NATIONAL CHEMICAL EMERGENCY CENTRE on (01865) 407333

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

 

LEGISLATION

Various 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 www.voluntaryinitiative.org.uk

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. First Aid information is included, as it is quite possible personnel contamination will occur in the event of a spillage.

Suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should be worn whilst dealing with the spill.

  • Impermeable gloves such as PVC, neoprene, butyl or nitrile meeting EN 374 or EN 388 standards. 
  • Suitable protective clothing such as Tyvec General purpose disposable overall, CEN type 4 or 6. 
  • Dust goggles may be worn for Roundup PowerMax if there is significant potential for contact with the granules.

1. CONTAIN SPILL

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.

2. CLEAN UP SPILL

For all listed 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 Roundup PowerMax, the granules can be swept up directly and placed in suitable containers*.
For larger spills the material should be absorbed with sand or earth and swept or shovelled into suitable containers*and sealed.

3. DIG UP HEAVILY CONTAMINATED SOIL

Place in containers.

4. CLEAN SPILL AREA

Flush spill area down with small quantities of water and thoroughly clean affected area and all equipment used. Minimise use of water to prevent environmental contamination.

5. DISPOSE OF CONTAINERS 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.

* Suitable containers should be impervious and made of 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 ADVICE

Roundup Biactive GL, Roundup ProActive, Roundup Flex, Roundup ProVantage, Roundup PowerMax.

Skin; Take off contaminated clothing, wristwatch and jewellery. Wash affected skin with plenty of water.

Contaminated clothing; Remove and wash before reuse.

Inhalation; Remove patient to fresh air.

Eye contact; Immediately flush with plenty of potable water. If easy to do, remove contact lens.

Ingestion; Rinse mouth thoroughly with water. Immediately offer water to drink. If symptoms occur get medical attention. Do not induce vomiting.

 

Azural, Mentor, Monsanto Amenity Glyphosate XL, Liaison, Motif, Ovation, Rodeo, Roundup Energy, Roundup Metro XL, Roundup Vista Plus, Roundup Sonic, Roundup Star and Samurai.

Skin; Take off contaminated clothing, wristwatch and jewellery. Wash affected skin with plenty of water.

Contaminated clothing; Remove and wash before reuse. 

Inhalation; Remove patient to fresh air.

Eye contact; Immediately flush with plenty of potable water. Continue for at least 15 minutes. If easy to do, remove contact lens. If there are persistent symptoms seek medical advice.
Ingestion; Rinse mouth thoroughly with water. Immediately offer water to drink. If symptoms occur get medical attention. Do not induce vomiting.

 

 

Monsanto Technical Hotline (01954) 717575 or e-mail : technical.helpline.uk@monsanto.comRoundup products, Monsanto Amenity Glyphosate, Azural, Mentor, Motif, Liaison, Ovation, Rodeo, and Samurai contain glyphosate.Roundup, Azural, Mentor, Motif, Ovation, Rodeo and Samurai are registered trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLCUSE PESTICIDES SAFELY. ALWAYS READ THE LABEL AND OTHER INFORMATION BEFORE USE.
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