In recent years, there has been an increase in lawsuits where employees claim to have developed health problems due to the use of glyphosate. Drug Watch reports that the maker of a popular brand of this herbicide has settled over 100,000 related cases.
Even though the manufacturer has taken the blame in many instances, smaller businesses should protect themselves from allegations.
Comprehensive safety training programs
Educate workers on the proper handling, application and disposal of glyphosate herbicides. Training should include using the following personal protective equipment:
- Masks or respirators
You must also require state pesticide applicator licenses for employees.
Regular monitoring and supervision
Maintain a vigilant approach by monitoring employees during herbicide application. Supervisors should ensure that workers adhere to safety protocols and use protective gear. Supervision can prevent lapses in safety measures that might cause health issues.
Keep accurate records
Maintain records of herbicide applications, including dates, amounts used and specific locations treated. Documentation can serve as a defense against false claims. It also provides evidence of responsible herbicide use and adherence to safety guidelines.
Provide medical monitoring
Consider implementing a medical monitoring program for employees exposed to glyphosate. Regular health check-ups can help detect any potential health issues early on. Doing so allows timely intervention and demonstrates the business’s commitment to employee well-being.
Stay informed about regulations
Stay abreast of local, state and federal regulations about glyphosate use. Adhering to established guidelines keeps your practices legal and lowers the risk of lawsuits.
While claims of glyphosate-related health problems can pose challenges, being proactive can help defend your landscaping or greenhouse business. Part of this approach includes creating a culture where workers feel comfortable expressing concerns to you rather than taking legal action.