2020-06-10

If you work in agriculture, you may have to transport and use pesticides and herbicides on a regular basis. But do you really know what to do if these hazardous products leak or spill?

Since accidents can happen to anyone, find out how to respond appropriately when dealing with a pesticide spill. This will help reduce the harmful effects on the environment.

Call in the experts

In the event of a hazardous material or pesticide spill, speed is critical to prevent it from spreading. This means quickly assembling an emergency team and coordinating a rapid and effective response.

Contact an environmental emergency management company

Regardless of the size of the pesticide spill, calling an emergency spill response service is essential. In fact, it's the first thing you should do to ensure the safety of the public and wildlife!

A qualified team will be immediately dispatched to you as a backup and will be responsible for applying a rigorous method of hazardous waste management. The technicians on the team have special equipment and all the necessary certifications and training to handle the situation and limit the damage.

Inform provincial authorities

When faced with a pesticide spill, you should also think about informing Urgence-Environnement Québec. Headed by the Ministry of the Environment, this organization intervenes throughout Quebec as a technical advisor to minimize the consequences of environmental emergencies. You can reach them at any time, free of charge.

Contain hazardous liquids while waiting for the environmental emergency response unit

Although the environmental emergency response time is usually very fast, you may be in a remote or hard-to-reach area. 

For this reason, you can attempt to minimize the spread of liquid pesticides by constructing a backfill using absorbent materials that you have on hand. You could use sand, soil, sawdust, etc.

Please note that once these materials have come into contact with pesticides, they are considered hazardous waste (pesticide wastes) and must be handled and managed as such.

Contact EBI Enviro Urgence for pesticide spills

In summary, if you are dealing with a pesticide spill or leak, the important thing is to react quickly. Contact the right people immediately rather than trying to manage the situation yourself. 

Contact EBI Enviro Urgence when a pesticide spill occurs and you can rest assured that you are responding in the best possible way. Our emergency response teams are available to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.