Limit your exposure to the chemical
- immediately remove contaminated clothing and wash skin with soap and water
- avoid hot water that opens pores
- avoid abrasive soaps that redden skin
Attend to the spill
- provide ample ventilation for your safety
- liquids: use an absorbent material to dam its path, covering the entire spill.
Absorbents include activated charcoal, vermiculite, kitty litter, saw dust, limestone, wood ash (if none are available use fine, dry dirt or newspaper)
- powders: sweep and gather with disposable tools: newspaper, sticks, cardboard, scrap wood. If you use a shovel or trowel, be sure to hose off thoroughly after use.
- keep spilled pesticide in a rust-free container, preferably plastic
- clearly mark pesticide's name and approximate quantity on container
- store container as you would any pesticide until it can be disposed of properly
- you need to call the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as soon as possible at 1-800-452-4664 or 1-800-482-0777. A DEP specialist will advise whether further steps for clean up are necessary as well as how you can properly dispose of the soaked absorbent.
- wrap makeshift clean up tools in newspaper and dispose with regular trash
- wash contaminated clothes separately from other clothing several times in hot water and detergent
- run washing machine without a load to flush out remaining residues