Agricultural chemicals and waste management

Chemicalisation of agriculture

One source of danger to humans and the environment is hazardous chemicals used in agricultural production or left over from production on farms.

Plant protection products, mineral fertilisers and fuels or oils used in mechanical equipment can be particularly hazardous. Agricultural chemicals also include those for cleaning and disinfecting milking equipment, cleaning and disinfecting livestock housing, storage facilities, milk storage facilities, human and animal care and cleaning products, and waste from animal diagnosis, treatment: chemicals including chemical reagents containing hazardous substances and medicines. In order to counteract the risks, it is necessary to be able to recognise them and to reduce the risks associated with the use of chemicals in the production process in the broadest sense. An offshoot of the production process is the generation of waste, some of which is very hazardous to the environment and sometimes also to people. These include residues of plant protection products, used oils and lubricants, fluorescent lamps, batteries and accumulators, packaging of all types (including that of hazardous substances), films, fencing materials and many others. Their proper management is one of the fundamental factors in maintaining the quality of the environment and determines agricultural production in the future.

Due to the particular biological activity of the active substances and the associated dangers, particular attention should be paid to the proper execution of any plant protection work.