Part 1: Introduction to Agricultural Chemical Safety
We use agricultural chemicals for many different purposes around the farm and in the field. Every chemical has the potential to be harmful to humans, but each varies significantly in the risk they present to us. Learn more about the risks and potential effects of chemical exposure.
Part 2: Dermal Exposure to Chemicals
Exposure to your skin, or dermal exposure, is the most common way for chemicals to enter your body. Oral exposure most commonly occurs when you eat without first washing your hands or share beverage containers. Different chemicals will have different effects.
Part 3: Inhalation Exposure to Chemicals
Inhalation exposure (breathing in) is the most dangerous type of chemical exposure because vapors, gases, smoke, or dusts are absorbed rapidly into your bloodstream or cause injury to the the tissues of your lungs, and/or loss of consciousness.
Part 4: Eye Exposure to Chemicals
Eye exposure results in rapid absorption of chemicals into your body and can cause physical injury to the eye itself, such as in the case of burns. Depending on the severity of the exposure, permanent damage or loss of vision could occur.