01-026 C.M.R. ch. 24, § 4 - Structural Requirements for All New and Existing Major Pesticide Storage Facilities

Current through 2022-14, April 6, 2022

A. Applicability
I. All new major pesticide storage facilities that become operational after the effective date of this chapter must conform with the provisions of this section.
II. All existing major pesticide storage facilities must be upgraded to conform with the provisions of this section by no later than January 1, 1997.
B. Walls

All major pesticide storage facilities shall be structurally separated by a wall with a fire resistance rating of two hours from office, retail or residential spaces, livestock quarters, water supply sources, and food, feed, fertilizer or seed storages. This does not preclude having a small area for warehouse employees to maintain inventory and shipping records.

C. Doors

Any partitioned area within a major pesticide storage facility must be equipped with a standard door on which panic hardware is installed.

D. Floors
I. All floors shall be made impervious to liquid and dry pesticide spills.
II. The outside edges of floors shall have at least a four-inch, sealed concrete berm.
III. Any floor drains must be sealed or connected to a waste storage tank of sufficient size to hold 25% of liquid volume stored.
E. Lighting

All major pesticide storage facilities shall have:

I. lighting installed so that labels may be easily read and any leaks quickly detected;
II. a battery powered emergency lighting system that automatically activates during power outages and illuminates all exits; and
III. exterior lighting that provides coverage around the perimeter of the building.
F. Heating
I. All pesticides must be stored at temperatures that conform to label directions.
II. When and where applicable, heat sources must be provided by one of the following:
a. an outside furnace room with hot water fixtures in the pesticide storage area; or
b. permanent oil or gas furnaces inside the storage, with sealed flames and an explosion proof thermostat; or
c. roof installed heat exchangers; or
d. any other heating source which would meet applicable fire safety and electrical codes.
G. Ventilation

All major pesticide storage facilities shall have one of the following:

I. gravity ventilation to the outside with a capacity of one cubic foot per minute per square foot of floor space; or
II. mechanical ventilation with on/off switches at points of ingress that is capable of exhausting to the outside at a rate of not less than 150 cubic feet per minute.
H. Security

All major pesticide storage facilities shall have:

I. locked doors and windows which prohibit unauthorized access; and
II. an automatic alarm system that is connected to a supervised central station. This system shall have a backup power system so it will operate during power outages.
I. Fire Protection
I. All major pesticide storage facilities shall be equipped with an automatic heat and smoke detector alarm system connected to a supervised central station. The system shall have both audible and visible devices and shall have a backup power system so it will operate during power outages.
II. Water sprinkler systems shall not be allowed in any portion of a major pesticide storage facility.
J. Emergency Showers

All major pesticide storage facilities shall have emergency showers available. These emergency showers must be located either in the facility or in an adjacent building on the premises within 200 feet of the major pesticide storage facility. There must also be a plan for collecting any water used in emergency showers.

K. Design Certification
I. New Major Pesticide Storage Facilities
a. Anyone constructing a new building which is intended to serve as a new major pesticide storage facility shall obtain a certification from a licensed architect or professional engineer that the plans for the facility meet all the requirements of this chapter. Copies of the certified plans shall be included in the building permit application to the municipality and shall be maintained by the licensed pesticide dealer at the facility and made available to the Board of Pesticides Control or its agents upon request.
b. Anyone converting an existing building or portion of an existing building to a new major pesticide storage facility shall obtain a certification from a licensed architect or professional engineer that the plans for the facility meet all the requirements of this chapter. Copies of the certified plans shall be included in the building permit application to the municipality and shall be maintained by the licensed pesticide dealer at the facility and made available to the Board of Pesticides Control or its agents upon request.
II. Existing Major Pesticide Storage Facilities
a. A general contractor renovating an existing major pesticide storage facility shall obtain certification from a licensed architect or professional engineer that the plans for the facility meet all the requirements of this chapter. Copies of the certified plans shall be included in the building permit application to the municipality and shall be maintained by the licensed pesticide dealer at the facility and made available to the Board of Pesticides Control or its agents upon request.
b. A licensed pesticide dealer who undertakes renovations to an existing major pesticide storage facility without the services of a general contractor, licensed architect or professional engineer shall provide written self-certification that the pesticide storage facility meets all requirements of this chapter. This self-certification shall be maintained by the licensed pesticide dealer at the facility and made available to the Board of Pesticides Control or its agents upon request.

Notes

01-026 C.M.R. ch. 24, § 4

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