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Pesticide Worker Safety

Pesticide Containment Structures

Pesticide retailers who repackage pesticides, commercial applicators, and custom blenders must comply with the pesticide containment regulations if they handle agricultural pesticides and have a stationary container or pesticide dispensing area that is covered by the regulations. EPA has authorized 21 states to implement their state pesticide containment regulations instead of the federal regulations.

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Federal Regulations

  • Facilities that have to comply.  This flow chart that describes the facilities that are subject to the containment regulations, when a secondary containment unit is required, and when a containment pad is required.
  • Requirements
    • Containment Summary. For a description of the containment requirements, see Table 7, Standards for Containment Structures.
    • Buoyant Force Calculations. Explains how to calculate how full a stationary container must remain to meet the standard of “anchored or elevated to prevent flotation”.

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State Regulations

In 2009, EPA authorized the 21 states listed below to implement their state pesticide containment regulations instead of the federal pesticide containment regulations according to the process in 40 CFR 165.97.

However, the federal requirements for nonrefillable containers, refillable containers, repackaging and container-related label statements apply in Indian country, in all territories and in all 50 states, including the ones listed below. More information about federal container requirements.

  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

State contacts. Exit A directory of state pesticide program web sites and contacts.

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Additional Information

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