Category Archives: Animals

Acutely toxic if swallowed! Shown to cause allergic skin reactions! Hazard! Reproductive Toxicant! Acute Aquatic Hazard!

What is this product that is used by equestrian centre staff and horse owners?
Worming Paste!

That’s right. Worming pastes contain different chemicals that are harmful in a variety of doses. Controlling parasites with these products is essential for your horses stay happy and healthy. To ensure safe usage you need to keep you and your staff informed of and manage the risks.

So How Do I Do That?
• Firstly, familiarise all staff with the “Handling Chemicals in the Workplace Guide” published by WorkSafe Victoria. This can be found at:

• Only use products in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.

• Create a record of all worming pastes in stock and store safely and securely.

• Read the Safety Data Sheet (SDS). Every worming paste will have a Safety Data Sheet which contains important information regarding the product you are using. These can be found at on the manufacturer’s web site.

• Ensure you have the latest version of the SDS on site. SDS are required to be updated every five years – check the date on the SDS to ensure it is current.

• Ensure everyone who handles the product is aware of where the Safety Data Sheet is located. Make sure you have a copy stored with the product as a well as electronic versions on file and in your first aid kit.

• Make sure that everyone understands the SDS – this may mean sitting down with staff and having a chat to confirm their understanding.

• Ensure that only authorised and trained staff use these products.

• Document the staff who administer the product and ensure that their training and knowledge is up to date. They need to know how to handle and administer the product according to the SDS and manufacturer’s instructions.
• Dispose of the used packaging according to the SDS and manufacturer’s instructions.

Happy (and Safe) Worming!

Posted by Edwina Boase-Stratford


A Step by Step Guide for Managing Chemicals in the Workplace. (2017). Retrieved 17 August 2017, from

AMMO® Rotational Wormer / Products list / Products / Ceva Australia. (2016). Ceva Australia. Retrieved 17 August 2017, from

Equimax Elevation SDS. (2016). Retrieved 17 August 2017, from

Independents Own Equi Duo Liquid Broad Spectrum Wormer and Boticide for Horses Safety Data Sheet. (2016). Retrieved 17 August 2017, from

Model Code of Practice: Managing risks of hazardous chemicals in the workplace. (2012). Safe Work Australia. Retrieved 17 August 2017, from

Promectin Plus Mini Allwormer Paste. (2016). Retrieved 21 August 2017, from

Razor Equine Wormer SDS. (2016). Retrieved 24 August 2017, from…/files/pdf/SDS/horse-owner/Razor-SDS.pdf

Strategy – T Oral Broad Spectrum Worm Paste for Horses Safety Data Sheet. (2016). Retrieved 17 August 2017, from…/pdf/SDS/horse-owner/StrategyT-SDS.pdf

Pet owners beware

Rat and mice baits are so readily available to consumers that you no longer need a professional exterminator to handle a pesky rodent problems. A trip to the supermarket provides you with all the ammunition necessary to handle the problem at hand. Unfortunately easy accessibility can lead to complacency in the home, as users do not fully acknowledge that the products they are using can be dangerous if handled incorrectly.

Rat and mice baits are a schedule 5 poison, meaning to humans there is a low potential for harm (Safe Work Australia, 2015) as long as you follow the safety instructions. The effect is proportional to the weight of the effected individual, with adults needing to ingest massive quantities to note a significant effect, while smaller quantities are lethal to a cat or mouse. Ingredients such as bittering agents and colouring are added to prevent human ingestion but some of our fury friends, dogs in particular, will eat anything and what cat wouldn’t chase a mouse, who unbeknown to them, has already ingested deadly poison.


NOTE: No dogs where harmed in the making of this blog – she was just fed multiple treats laced with harmless food dye to make her tongue blue 🙂

There are ways to minimise risk to your four legged companions:

– Consider bait placement and storage. Make sure your pet is unable to reach the baits and that rodents cant move them to a space they can access.
– Keep well away from pet food or treats and avoid storing in the same location.
– The products can be a skin and eye irritant so wear gloves during placement and make sure to wash your hands prior to petting your animal. Do not store in the same location as spare pet bedding.
– The lethal dose for 50% of cats and dogs is 3mg/kg for most baits. Consider this when placing bates and storage and limit how much you store in a domestic setting. Only purchase what you need.
– Make sure to clean up decided rodents with the same safety precautions you placed the baits.

If you handle the product in accordance to the label your whole house hold will be safe but if you think your pet has been exposed to rodent poison seek professional help immediately.

Posted by Meghan Wood


 Safe Work Australia. (2015). Labelling of workplace hazardous chemicals code of practice. Retrieved from

 Yates. (2012). Safety Data Sheet Ratsak Professional Pellets. Retrieved from

Pyrethrum insect gun in a domestic setting

Target Audience

Yates pyrethrum insect gun is a readily available insecticide commonly used in a domestic setting, particularly in home vegetable gardens. Risk communication via social media is suitable for the target audience as it has the potential to reach a huge number of individuals using the spray when they search the Internet for gardening advice.

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Garden Safely

As Winter ends and Spring planting begins, it’s time to start thinking about protecting the garden from the hungry insects that become more common in the warmer months. Yates Pyrethrum Insect Gun is a commonly used insecticide in domestic vegetable gardens. The Yates Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) (2014) states that pyrethrum is classified as non-hazardous by Safe Work Australia, however there are safety risks that need to be addressed with its use, particularly as pyrethrum is allowed to be used in organic agriculture and therefore many individuals are likely to regard it as safe (Saba and Messina, 2003). Now is a good time to review the risks associated with using this product in a domestic setting.

It is important that users of this product should check the MSDS prior to use, as the listed precautions on the Yates website only relate to the growth and harvest of plants rather than human health and safety precautions. According to the MSDS (2014) users should wear protective equipment including overalls, safety glasses, safety shoes and gloves to avoid inhalation of the product as well as to prevent skin and eye irritation.  Other preventative measures include working upwind and/or only using the product on a still day. Hands should be washed after use.

The Pyrethrum Insect Gun should be stored in a cool environment out of reach of children and animals. The product should not be used within 24 hours of harvest and it is therefore important to consider when the product can most safely be used, particularly if children and pets are in the habit of grazing on garden plants.

In comparison to many insecticides, pyrethrum can be considered relatively safe and by using personal protective equipment, considering timing of use and practicing safe storage, the risks associated with this product can be easily mitigated.

Nicola Collins



Saba, A., & Messina, F. (2003). Attitudes towards organic foods and risk/benefit perception associated with pesticides. Food Quality and Preference. 14, 637-645. Retrieved from

Yates. (2014). Material Safety Data Sheet:Yates Pyrethrum Insect Pest Gun. Retreived from


Insecticide in a domestic setting

Insecticide in a domestic setting (with a cute dog)