When a pesticide operation has been completed all of the equipment used must be cleaned properly, by following the steps below.
- Choose an area where the waste wash-water run-off will not affect water supplies, rivers, billabongs, the soil and plants or lie on the ground and create a danger to people, especially children, and animals. Near the storage shed may be appropriate.
- Wear protective clothing and equipment while cleaning the spray gear.
- Thoroughly rinse the equipment with water several times. It may be easier to partly dismantle the sprayer. Equipment should be washed occasionally with warm, soapy water.
- After rinsing, equipment should be reassembled, partly filled with water and tested to make sure there are no blocked nozzles or hoses and no pesticide left in them.
- The equipment should be stored so that any water still in it will drain out.
- Other containers, such as measuring jugs, used in the spray operation should be rinsed thoroughly and stored dry.
- Finally, the operator's protective clothing should be removed, thoroughly washed and rinsed and then hung out to dry. It must be dry before being stored away.
Do not wash protective clothing with other clothes.
Fig. 5.40: It is important to wash and dry all protective clothing every time it is used.