CTE Task: Safe Storage and Handling of Pesticides​

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Principles of Plant Science and Hydroculture


90 minutes


Safe Storage and Handling of Pesticides

Task Description


In this activity, students will

  • create a checklist for safe storage and handling of pesticides to assist the general public in the safe transportation and storage of pesticides.

Principles of Plant Science and Hydroculture, Standard 13: Demonstrate understanding of common classes of chemicals used for pest management. Gather and evaluate information regarding PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for chemical application and demonstrate appropriate use of PPE. Create a checklist for safe storage and handling of pesticides.

 Content Understandings

Extending Understandings

Upon successful completion of these tasks, students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • state the precautions to take before transporting pesticides,
  • summarize legal disposal methods according to label recommendations,
  • outline the steps to restrict access to pesticides,
  • explain how to create a safe and secure storage area,
  • describe how to properly store pesticides, and
  • explain how to maintain the integrity of pesticide containers.

To move students towards deeper understanding, they should be given opportunities to:

  • Research methods to reduce the amounts of pesticides stored by controlling inventory, and
  • compare and contrast the best management practices to reduce the economic and environmental impacts of maintaining pesticide inventories.

Support Strategies

If students are struggling to access this task, additional supports and strategies could be employed as students are engaging with the task.

Key Terms

Sentence Frames

Scaffolded Questions






Use cement or other __________________ materials for flooring to retain the spilled material on the surface.


Hazardous materials _________________ on vehicles provide emergency responders with information to quickly access an accident.

Why should a business develop a pesticide security program?


Why should a retail business be concerned with the storage of pesticides on the sales floor?


Instructional Resources

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Research Foundation. (2014). National Pesticide Applicators Certification Core Manual, 2nd Edition. https://www.nasda.org/foundation/pesticide-applicator-certification-and-training


Special Thanks

Special thanks to Jason Wallace of Dickson County Schools for his contribution to the development of this resource.

Task Activity Steps

  1. Students will create a checklist for safe storage and handling of pesticides to assist the general public in the safe transportation and storage of pesticides. The checklist should include the following topics:
    1. Transportation
      1. transportation vehicle
      2. vehicle operator
      3. vehicle placards
      4. safety precautions
    2. Storage in building
      1. security of the site
      2. prevention of water damage
      3. climate control
      4. lighting requirements
      5. type of shelving and flooring
      6. maintenance of storage site
      7. label legible
      8. storage containers
      9. shelf life
      10. waste products
    3. Site security
      1. training and awareness
      2. security plans
  2. Teacher will provide guidelines for developmenting the checksheet, grading expectations, and submission directions to the students.