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Pesticides and agrochemicals are a vital part of agriculture and industry on a global scale. They help to keep crop yield high by reducing the number of crops lost to disease and pests. Pesticides also help to keep food prices down by about 40%, as without them, there would be less choice of fresh fruit and vegetables. However, as pesticides and agrochemicals are hazardous, they must be stored correctly.
As a leading retailer of warehouse and workplace products, Strip Curtains Direct offers a wide range of COSHH cabinets and storage to help with risk management and safety at work. As part of this range, we offer a selection of pesticide/agrochemical storage cabinets. These robustly constructed cabinets provide safe and reliable storage to minimise the risks associated with pesticide and agrochemical storage.
Here are five reasons why your business needs a pesticide/agrichemical storage cabinet:
#1 Cross-contamination Risk
Cross-contamination is one of the most significant risks associated with pesticide safety. For example, many products, such as herbicides and insecticides, have opposite purposes and must be kept separate. It is shockingly easy for pesticides to be mixed by improperly cleaning sprayers or poor mixing of solutions. The danger can often come from drips and spills, which can be easily overlooked, as they are often the hardest to spot.
You can easily avoid these hazards by using the correct storage solution, which has separate areas for each pesticide. Strip Curtains Direct's pesticide cabinets also have a large capacity sump fitted to the base, containing any drips or spills.
#2 Environmental Safety
The risks that agrochemicals and pesticides present to the environment are well-documented and include:
The Health and Safety Executive in the UK have various codes of practice relating to Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use), including the "Code of Practice for Suppliers of Pesticides to Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry," which covers the sale, supply and storage of pesticides approved for agricultural use. The related "Guidance on storing pesticides for farmers and other professional users" states: "The store needs to be large enough to hold your peak pesticide requirements, any part-used containers, and able to cope with stock being held over due to poor weather."
Strip Curtain Directs pesticide and agrochemical storage cabinets are manufactured from 1.2mm sheet steel for extra strength, offering superior protection against many environmental hazards - such as fire.
#3 Legal Requirements
Six different legal directives cover pesticide legislation, and these are:
The agrochemical/pesticide storage cabinets will help your business to comply with this legislation.
#4 Organisation and Efficiency
Even if we put all of the safety concerns to one side, using pesticide and agrochemical storage cabinets can dramatically increase the efficiency and performance of your business. Businesses with clearly marked and separate storage of pesticides work faster and make fewer mistakes. Whether your company uses pesticides frequently or once in a blue moon, it's safer to ensure your employees don't have to hunt for them when they need them.
#5 Worker Safety
Suppose your employees come into contact with pesticides when they don't have the proper personal protective equipment (PPE). In that case, it could cause severe bodily harm, which may be irreparable. It could cause:
Ensuring all employees who work with pesticides have adequate PPE is essential. Still, you can also use our agrochemical/pesticide storage cabinets to minimise the amount of contact any of your employees have with pesticides.
To learn more about how Strip Curtains Direct's range of COSHH cabinets can improve the efficiency and safety of your pesticide and agrochemical storage, please get in touch with us on 0333 999 7171 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.