Safe practice

In physical/cultural control, some hazards are:

  • Unsafe use of cultivation equipment, such as ploughs, rotavators, flame throwers and steam sterilization equipment, used to control weeds, pests and diseases.
  • Unsafe removal of infected trees.
  • Unsafe burning of infected plant material.

When using cultural control, risks can be minimized by:

  • following guidelines for the safe use of ploughs and rotavators to avoid damage to humans and adjoining crops or plantings;
  • following guidelines for the safe use of flame throwers and steam sterilization equipment;
  • taking safety precautions when removing infected shrubs and trees;
  • carefully transferring infected plants to dumps or compost sites, thus avoiding the spread of infections.

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