For those working in the industry there could not exist a more important equation dealing with safety.
Risk = Toxicity x Exposure
Understanding this is imperative. The goal is always to minimize risk or ultimately eliminate risk if possible. As a service manager I would always try to hammer this into our technician’s mindset. Worrying about our customer’s and technician’s safety is cardinal when it comes to effective pest control maintenance. I would always advise our technicians to especially be cautious when handling pesticides. The reason is “Exposure.” Technicians are consistently exposed to pesticides if they are not wearing proper PPE. Although the chemical may be of low toxicity, because there is a high risk of exposure while applying pesticides; Risk increases:
(Low Toxicity) * (Daily Exposure) = High Risk
Always read the label, and apply pesticides with the recommended Personal Protective Equipment.