Anytime you think you or any of your workers/co-workers have a pesticide-related health problem, you need to treat it like a life-threatening emergency. Always follow these steps when dealing with a pesticide-related health emergency:
- Assess the situation; Is it safe for you to help? Before you can do anything else, you need to make sure there is no chance of becoming a second victim. If there is any chance of being exposed to the same pesticide, wear protective gear
or get someone who is trained for the situation.
- Get the person out of the situation; as quickly as it is safe and possible.
- Administer CPR, if necessary.
- Get the labels of EVERY pesticide that has been used in that area for the past 30 days, and the usage dates.
- Read the directions on first aid on the labels of EVERY pesticide that has been used in that area for the past 30 days. If there are conflicting first aid directions, do NONE of them. If there are no conflicting directions, follow the directions
- Take the victim and the labels to the closest doctor, clinic (if the person seems okay), or hospital (if the person stopped breathing, passed out, had a seizure, is not completely "with it" or is lightheaded, vomiting, frothing at the mouth, dizzy, stumbling, is having trouble breathing, or if you have "the feeling that you should." Don't second guess yourself in a situation like this, it may be a matter of life and death.)
REMEMBER: NEVER LET SOMEONE WHO MAY BE HAVING PESTICIDE-RELATED HEALTH PROBLEMS TO DRIVE!!!