Safe herbicide storage with Winkler Structures
Herbicides are critically important for agriculture production, allowing farms to conserve soil, water and energy through efficient weed control. Herbicides are instrumental in overcoming challenges exacerbated by moisture deficiency, reduced soil fertility or soil compaction, among other issues. They can, however, present a threat to human and environmental safety if not properly used and stored.
A fabric covered building from Winkler Structures provides a secure location for responsible storage and handling of herbicides.
Clemson University’s Department of Pesticide Regulation advises that herbicides need to be stored in a dry location, where they will not be affected by flooding related to nearby rivers, streams or runoff. Air moisture can also be detrimental to safe herbicide storage, as moisture may rust metal containers or disintegrate paper or cardboard packaging, allowing the herbicides inside to leak.
Clemson notes that a portable structure is often the best option for storage because the building can be repositioned the event of a flood or change in runoff patterns at the area of operation. Winkler Structures are easily and quickly deconstructed in the event of a flood hazard, and the structure’s steel frames are galvanized to protect it against rust or corrosion.
Clemson also recommends using structures with sealed floors, providing additional protection in the event of spillage. Sealed floors are non-absorbent and easier to clean than dirt or unsealed wood, which can allow leaking or spilled herbicides to seep into the ground. Winkler Structures can be installed on concrete foundations, aiding in the safer cleanup of spilled herbicides and contamination of groundwater in the event of a prolonged, undetected leak.
Proper ventilation is extremely important in herbicide storage, particularly if herbicides are also prepared in the storage space. The Utah State University Cooperative Extension office advises using low-rate mechanical or natural ventilation during non-occupancy, noting that supplemental ventilation should be added if the temporary storage unit is in use by workers. Ventilation significantly reduces the inhalation of toxic vapors that can be caused by mixing herbicides or storing them. Winkler Structures can include mesh vents to allow the natural passage of air in and out, and additional ventilation systems can be added if the structure will have heavy occupancy or used for mixing herbicides.
According to North Dakota State University’s Agriculture Department, storage temperatures are also crucial for maintaining the stability of herbicides when not in active use. While some herbicides are safe to store at or below freezing, many others have specific temperature restrictions and may be compromised if they get too cold or too hot. The specialty polyethylene material used by Winkler Structures stands up to extreme weather conditions, including snow, wind, rain and heat conditions. Winkler Structures offer increased temperature ranges for safe storage, as Winkler buildings are, on average, 10-15 degrees cooler in the hot summer sun and 10-15 degrees warmer in the winter cold.
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