According to agricultural safety and health authorities, more attention should be given to the hazards posed by the chemicals used in this industry nationwide. Safety data sheets are crucial, and they must be easily accessible to workers and emergency personnel. Employers in Oklahoma and elsewhere should base their safety protocols on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Hazard Communication Standard to limit the risks of workplace injuries.
OSHA requires that responsible staff must be identified to coordinate the implementation of chemical safety plans. Each section of the farm that uses hazardous chemicals must have an inventory of those substances, and each container must be labeled. Workers must receive training on the unique hazards posed by each chemical to which they will be exposed, including additional training whenever new chemicals are introduced.