It is important to reduce exposure to any pesticide by protecting yourself. This page covers the basic personal protective equipment (PPE) for pesticides that are used and sold at TCWP. These are guidelines ONLY! You must read the label for the specific PPE requirements of the pesticide that you plan to apply.
Generally PPE items include: chemical resistant gloves, shoes/socks, long sleeve/pants, and protective eyewear. Other requirements may apply while mixing pesticides.
Gloves: Unlined chemical resistant gloves are what most pesticide labels specify. At TCWP we use 15-mil nitrile gloves because they have one of the highest ratings for chemical resistance and are washable and reusable. The thick cleaning gloves that have a cotton lining will hold chemical if it gets inside. Never wear canvas, leather, cotton, or other fabric gloves unless specified on the product label.
Shoes/socks: Shoes should be water-proof not water resistant. You can also wear chemical-resistant boots or use shoe coverings. Ensure that the footwear chosen will not absorb the spray. Always wear your pant leg outside of the footwear to prevent spray from getting to the inside of the shoe.
Long sleeve shirts/pants: Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants to protect yourself. Always wash your PPE with detergent, hot water, and separately from other laundry.
Protective eyewear: Any eyewear, including prescription glasses and sunglasses, will help protect your eyes from splashing when mixing and applying pesticides. Contact lenses are not recommended when applying pesticides as droplets may be trapped between the lens and eye.
Other requirements: Items such as a chemical resistant apron and safety goggles may be required when mixing and applying certain pesticides. In rare circumstances, a respirator may be required. Always check the label before mixing pesticides.
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