Spraying pesticides: Risk assessment tool for employers

How to identify, manage and reduce health and safety risks to employees and contractors using pesticides.


What it contains

Pesticide use exposes employees and contractors to health and safety risks from the chemicals themselves and how they are handled. Many pesticides are classified as hazardous substances, as they can harm our health. Employees and contractors have the right to be protected from these risks. This document tells you:

  • what the law says about the safe use of pesticides in the workplace
  • your responsibilities for employees’ and contractors’ health and safety

There is a checklist you can use to assess the risk to your employees or contractors from pesticide use. You can also use the checklist to identify ways to reduce or manage the risks you’ve identified. The checklist provides safer work systems and personal protective equipment checks to further protect your employees’ or contractors’ health and safety.