Proper PPE Prevents Pesticide Exposure

Proper PPE Prevents Pesticide Exposure

Besides using common sense, perhaps an applicator’s most important protection is wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

Read the label to know what PPE to wear when applying a particular product. If the label gives no PPE requirements, at a minimum wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, shoes, socks, and chemical-resistant gloves. Goggles, respirators, and chemical-resistant aprons also may be appropriate. Combinations of PPE may provide up to 90% reduction in pesticide exposure.

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Personal Protective Equipment
Figure 2. Wearing the proper protective gear helps prevent acute or chronic health problems from pesticide application. Proper PPE can prevent 90% of pesticide exposure. (Source: University of Hawaii)

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