Great article in PCT Magazine (by Allen Fugler) recently about ensuring that pest control technicians remember to use their pest control PPE, specifically eye protection. The article states that, "More than 800,000 people sustain eye injuries at work each year in the United States". This is scary stuff.
I won't reiterate the entire article here, but I do want to lend my supporting data to the issue.
Our experience is that most pest control & weed control technicians are pretty good about using pest control personal protective equipment while they are applying pesticides or herbicides. The biggest issue we see is all the other times.
1. Spray Tech brings his leaking gun into our shop for repairs. He is NOT wearing PPE.
2. Spray Tech shows us a leak in his spray hose. While unwinding the hose to find the leak, he is NOT wearing PPE.
3. Spray tech needs a replacement part. He does not know the name of the part so he sends us this photo. He is NOT wearing PPE.
Everyone we talk to says they use PPE all the time. Our own eyes tell us that is not the case.
Pest control & weed control technicians - you only have 1 body and 1 life. Don't risk it. Use your PPE anytime you are touching your power spray equipment.
Licensed pest control and weed control applicators are required to carry personal protective equipment (PPE) on their vehicle with them. Some PPE is used every day (gloves), some is not (respirators). We also recommend that spray technicians periodically check their PPE to ensure it is in good working order for when they need.
Personal protective equipment to make sure:
i. It’s there
ii. It’s uncontaminated
iii. It’s in good shape
iv. It’s not expired.
v. It fits.
If you are with a company with multiple technicians, then supervisors should periodically inspect vehicles to ensure PPE is present and in good working order. Another idea is to require technicians to bring their PPE to a staff meeting for inspection.
Some good policies to consider:
1. Develop a company policy on PPE. What's required, proper use, storage, replacement, etc.
2. Technicians should inspect PPE regularly.
3. Supervisors should inspect technician PPE periodically.
4. Occasionally have a technician meeting discussing safety & PPE. Ask your safety equipment provider to do a demonstration of proper use and fit of PPE. They will be happy to do this.
A professional who uses his B&G Sprayer cannot afford down time. Use slow winter times to perform your preventative maintenance on your B&G. Reminder: Use only authentic B&G sprayer parts. B&G Sprayer tips. Do NOT use anything sharp or metal to clean the tip. If the tip is worn, replace it. A new tip is is cheaper than [...]
Birchmeier Backpacks are, in my opinion, the best manual backpack sprayers made. They are a great tool for your pest control or landscape business. With a little care, your Birchmeier Backpack Sprayer will last many years.Unfortunately, we see many Birchmeiers that are not properly cared for. Here are my suggestions for regular Birchmeier Backpack Sprayer (daily [...]
I’m not an expert but... We’ve all seen these commercials that has a person acting like an expert and when questioned on their authority they essentially say “I’m not an expert, but I stayed in this hotel!” Sometimes we see sprayers/rigs that look like someone walking down the street was asked and allowed to design it. Don’t [...]
It all comes back to design. Bad design will take away time from you and waste it on complicated repairs. O-rings need to be replaced. They are worked and worked some more. Swivel, turn, coat in chemical, repeat. It’s just a small piece of rubber or silicone that will wear out and it’s an easy fix. In [...]
This Power Spray Rig was abuse and misused. The lack of training by the technician destroyed this weed control spray rig. A little training & attention will save your company money and extend the life of your pest control sprayer.Watch this short video about one company's power sprayer.Some key points:1. Don't let your technicians operate your power spray rigs [...]
Check out my article in Pest Control Technology - PCT Magazine, entitled, "Equipment Maintenance - An Ounce of Prevention"In this article I share some detailed tips for extending the life of your Pest Control Equipment through proper pest control equipment maintenance. Click on the photo to read the article on the PCT website.Comments appreciated.
Time to clean the filter on your backpack sprayer! No worries just reach down into the main tank and grab that filter... ERH wait! They want you to put your hand into where there was just harsh lawn and pest control chemicals?! That is some of the bizarre design flaws we’ve actually seen on professional [...]
Let's talk about how you can potentially design your problems away. American graphic designer, Milton Glaser, once said “There are three responses to a piece of design – Yes, no and WOW!” We sure have seen our share of WOW designs. Most of the time our WOW’s are followed by “why would you do that?” [...]
Many thanks to our client, Keith Joy of Lakeside Ohio for this great testimonial about Qspray Power Spray Rigs. Qspray built Keith a 225-Gallon Component Mount Power Spray Trailer earlier this year and were thrilled to get his email: Hello Andrew, Thanks so much for your help in helping me select and assemble a high quality pest control spray [...]