DPR 23-001 Pesticide Decontamination Sites

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DPR 23-001 Pesticide Decontamination Sites (Notice 3/17/23; Comment period closes 5/2/23)

DPR proposes to amend sections 6720, 6732, 6734, 6738.4, 6771, and 6793 of Title 3, California Code of Regulations. The proposed action will amend decontamination requirements for employees handling pesticides, improve eyewash regulation compliance, and clarify language between sections that mention eyewash equipment or decontamination supplies. It will also require that employees, who handle pesticides having a high potential for eye injury, have access to an eyewash station that meets the requirements found in the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z358.1-2014 standard. Additionally, it will require employers of employees handling pesticides for uses other than the commercial or research production of an agricultural plant commodity to provide a decontamination site at the mixing/loading site or fumigation site for employees, regardless of the pesticide signal word. The proposed action will also clarify language pertaining to decontamination equipment, remove duplicative requirements, and ensure standardization. Lastly, the proposed action will clarify a personal protective equipment (PPE) exemption that applies when handling liquid fumigants.