Read Material Data Safety Sheets- MSDS.
The Presidents Cancer Panel Study Report 2010 and American Academy of Pediatrics suggests chemical pesticides and chemical cleaning products come with a risk to children. As such parents and schools should conduct a Risk Assessment. MSDS Sheets allow you to conduct a Risk Assessment which helps you to determine the relative safety of cleaning products and pest control products It is important to build an MSDS Book. First Conduct an audit of MSDS sheets of cleaning products and pesticides an d use the least toxic products only. Then it is like making good management decisions to keep your family safe.
Build an MSDS Book.
Start with an Audit Summary Cover Sheet containing the following information.
Pesticide Name- Read Sec 2 Chem Content
Your Risk Assessment is accomplished in three sections on the MSDS:
The Hazards listed in Section 3 ,
The Toxicology listed in Section 11,
The Eco-toxicology listed in Section 12
Sec 3 Hazards. This lists the hazards to use the chemical, a Beware Before Use section. Read it well.
Sec 11 Toxicology Look for the Lethal Dose Ld 50 .This crucial section shows how relatively toxic the chemical is in terms of resulting in the lethal dose ,(Ld) for 50% of lab animals, ergo the Ld50. All chemicals must publish a lethal dose by law. Understanding this section, is plain common sense. If a very small amount of a chemical measured in milligrams per kilogram, results in the the lethal dose ( death of 50% of lab animals), the precautionary principle should be practiced with that chemical when children are present. DO NOT USE IT AROUND CHILDREN. It is important to note that most of the Ld50 data have been lab tested on MALE ADULT rats or rabbits. There is no data on juveniles ( children) which are known to be far more susceptible. As a rule therefore, use NON TOXIC products which have a very high Ld50 or better than that zero Ld 50 published . That’s a safer alternative.
Sec 12 Eco toxicology This section shows how toxic the chemical is to non target species such as birds, fish and bees. Again common sense ,why use a chemical product that is toxic to the environment and non target creatures.
What Temple Beth Sholom recommends you can do at home- Educate yourself. Read MSDS General Rule- The least toxic the better !!!
ADOPT the PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE at home.
Use physical non toxic means of controlling insect pests with products such as Diatomaceous Earth and Boric Acid. Green Faith suggests www. Beyond Pesticides.org as a site which has an extensive list of proven pest control options which are non toxic, such as Insecticidal oils, Insecticidal soaps, etc.