Exposure to hazardous substances
There are well-known health effects from substances such as grain dust and pesticides
Types of machinery
- Crop sprayers and other pesticide application equipment
- Grain handling and processing machinery
- Removal of covers and enclosures
- Failing to maintain filters in cabs and ventilation equipment
- Not using or inadequate protective equipment
- Ensure grain handling equipment is enclosed to control release of dust.
- Provide chemical induction systems to reduce handling.
- Provide storage areas for contaminated protective clothing and means of decontamination such as a clean water supply.
- Ensure any chemical addition points are located at suitable heights with good access.
- Provide filtered cabs and operator enclosures.
Operator instructions and training
Instructions for using this type of machinery must include clear guidance on:
- The need to keep enclosures in place
- Safe working methods for addition of chemicals
- Requirements for maintenance and service intervals for filtration equipment
- Where residual risk remains, additional requirements for operator protection, such as cabs on tractors or the need to use personal protective equipment, should be specified.
- Relevant training, eg Lantra qualification and accreditation.