Chemical safety is a concern for us all and the plant science industry is well aware of its role in assuring chemical safety in relation to pesticides. Through its research & development, the industry ensures that the latest (and safest) chemistries are brought to market. New active ingredients feature low use rates and low toxicities, contributing significantly to user safety.
- Chemical safety pertaining to pesticides, specifically the chemical hazards they may present, is carefully considered at all stages of research & development, and by safety tests that are carried out for registration.
- While pesticides may be intrinsically hazardous, this hazard is minimized by specific conditions of usage resulting in an acceptable risk.
- Chemical safety of pesticides is assured during manufacture by strict quality assurance procedures. Product labeling is an important aspect of ensuring proper handling, transport and precautions during use.
- The WHO/FAO Specifications provide a global point of reference for product quality ensuring that standards for chemical safety are maintained.
Industry contributes significantly to the responsible use of crop protection products through stewardship programs that feature teacher-led small group training sessions in rural settings. Clear product labels and field school activities help the latest application techniques reach the farmer.
A number of national, regional, and international regulations and conventions govern the chemical safety of pesticides, such as Prior Informed Consent (PIC), Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).