Seed Treatment Product Safety | Texas Approval #849322

Seed Treatment Product Safety 

Course Description

In the last ten years, there has been a resurgence of treated seed use, largely due to the advent of improved chemical performance. We as agricultural producers are obviously concerned about the more modern applications of these processes, not only because they have been found to be beneficial to early crop protection but especially because they have been of concern to the safety of humans and the environment. This course will outline the benefits and risks associated with treated seed products.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Weigh the benefits of treated seed products against the concerns for both human and environmental safety.
  • Outline the different types of seed treatment methods, dressings and manufacturing processes.
  • Be able to describe and integrate important safety guidelines based on EPA risk assessment recommendations.
  • Describe the environmental impact of seed treatment processes, and best practices as environmental stewards. 

Chapter 1

Lesson 1

Global Considerations

  • Markets at a glance
  • Use trends

Safety Perspective—Asking the Right Questions

  • Risk to benefit
  • Potential health risks
  • Chemical exposure pathways

Safety Perspective—Where to find the right answers

  • Product label
  • Safety data sheet

Seed Treatment Methods

Safety Guidelines

  • Manufacturing
    • Engineering controls
    • Work practices
    • Personal hygiene
    • Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Lesson 2

Safety Guidelines – Cont.

  • Handling
  • Storage
  • Transport
  • Use
  • Disposal

Environmental Impacts and Stewardship

  • Pollinator myths exposed
  • Best management practices
  • Environmental impacts on other non-target organisms
  • Environmental impacts

Additional Resources

  • Seed treatment operator safety guidelines
  • Seed treatment and safety regulations

Final Assessment

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