An incident response plan is a document you develop to help you prepare for and deal with pesticide and/or fertilizer releases (incidents) quickly and effectively. A plan describes the pesticide and/or fertilizer storage, handling, disposal and incident handling practices of your business.
Some businesses are legally required to develop and maintain an incident response plan. If your business is engaged in one or more of the following, it must establish and maintain an incident response plan:
Regardless of whether or not you store these products in bulk, an incident response plan is part of good emergency planning.
An incident response plan should describe in detail your storage, handling, disposal practices and procedures for pesticide, fertilizer, soil amendment, plant amendment, and anhydrous products being stored.
If your site stores bulk pesticides, your plan is required to include, but is not limited to the following:
Location maps are effective tools for illustrating much of this information. See suggested format on the other side of this fact sheet.
The incident response plan must be kept in a prominent location at the storage facility or business, accessible to all employees. We recommend that another copy of the plan be kept at a different location so that if an incident makes the site or plan inaccessible, you will still be able to obtain a copy of the plan.
If you store pesticides, you are also required to provide a copy of the plan to the local fire and police departments so they can appropriately plan for incident response at your facility.
All persons working with agricultural chemicals should be familiar with incident response, health and safety aspects of product labels and MSDS's. Experience at actual incident sites has shown that the most important information to have available during an incident are product labels, MSDS's, product inventory records and location of the product at the facility. Keep in mind that the incident response plan should be reviewed with all employees working with agricultural chemicals prior to each application season.
Incident Response Program
651-201-6455 • Fax: 651-201-6112
Pesticide & Fertilizer Management Division
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, email@example.com