TriEst is committed to the responsible use of farming chemistry and application methodology for the betterment of agricultural practices. We have invested significant capital and employee resources in the safe development and registrations of products that treat all growers' issues in the most effective way possible. With targeted formulations, thousands of in-field application trials, and hundreds of university research studies, we are constantly striving for solutions that are the most efficient for each individual growing situation. Our goal is cultivating a safe, healthy, abundant food supply for the world. http://www2.epa.gov/soil-fumigants
- Any questions regarding the proper handling, transportation, storage, or application of our products should be directed to TriEst Ag. We are there with the answer! Please contact us.
- A Set-up Checklist should be provided with any distributor and/or end-user. (link to PDF)
- Please adhere to all proper application techniques, i.e., GAPs, and how they can reduce or eliminate off-gassing events.
- We have prepared a training PPT presentation. Please view prior to using any product (Distributor Training PowerPoint presentation) Link
- All distributors/dealers should receive a face-to-face meeting and have viewed the Distributor Training PowerPoint presentation. (Link to PPT)
- All certified applicators must have completed an EPA-approved Soil Fumigant Applicator Training course within the last three years and be able to present a hard copy of their completion certificate.
- Distributors/dealers should maintain a copy of each of their customer's completion certificate just as they would their customer's applicator license.
- Set-up Checklist should be supplied to distributor/dealer
- All handlers must receive Fumigant Safe Handling Information every 12 months in a manner that he/she can understand.
- The most important point when planning an application is awareness of wind direction and the potential for drift.
- Be aware of your surroundings: Are there homes, schools, or other public buildings nearby?
- Where is nearest established field? Is it downwind or downhill of current application site?
- Is there activity in nearby or adjacent fields? If so, have workers been informed of fumigant application operations?
- What are the weather conditions for the next 48-hours? Do they promote the development of inversions?
- During inversions, fumigant vapors may not disperse but will hug the ground and travel for long distances. Foggy mornings and still, cloudless nights are indicators.
- Schedule applications of fumigants containing chloropicrin carefully; stop applying by early afternoon, especially with the possibility of an inversion.
- Do not disturb the tarp once it has been laid as this will encourage unwanted release of fumigant vapors.
- Always READ THE LABEL FIRST!
- The product labels have recently changed and contain essential information for proper handling, safety, and application
- PPE and Stop-Work Triggers
- Follow label guidance for proper PPE
- "Sensory Irritation" is a primary Stop-Work Trigger
- Return-to-work requirements are required after a stop-work incident
- Always have current material safety data sheet (MSDS) and product label on site.
- Must have a Gas Detector with fresh detector tubes on site.
- Never leave lines charged with product when being stored for long periods of time (i.e., work breaks, overnight, etc.) as pressure can build and rupture lines. Purge lines and close valves if equipment is to be left unattended.
- Always replace safety caps and bonnets on cylinder valves to protect against accidental release.
- Never store fumigants in unventilated area (i.e., equipment barn).
- Please follow guide for Proper cylinder preparations upon return, i.e., labels and markings, bonnets and safety caps, etc.
Public & Environmental Safety:
Product and application scrutiny keep handlers, applicators, and bystanders safe.
All applicators and handlers must:
- Certify completion and fit-test of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and respirator training.
- Closely follow federal and state Worker Protection Standards (WPS).
- Comply with Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs).
All soil fumigants are considered Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs) and undergo rigorous research and testing before getting label approval.
All product labels contain:
- How to handle fumigant and disinfectant.
- Approved application method and rate.
- Allowable acres for treatment.
- Entry-restricted period.
- Mandatory buffer zones.
- Notification posting requirements.
- Required personal protective equipment.
- Applicable tarp removal and re-entry procedures.