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Interpreting PPE Statements on Pesticide Labels1

F. Fishel and O. N. Nesheim2

The Vegetable Production Handbook for Florida was updated in September 2007. The most current version of this chapter may be found at

Keywords: Worker Protection Standard (WPS), pesticide safety, pesticide handlers, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)



This document is PI16, one of a series of the Horticultural Sciences Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date September 2003. Revised September 2007. Reviewed November 2016. Visit the EDIS website at


F. Fishel, professor, Agronomy Department; and O. N. Nesheim, emeritus professor, Food and Resource Economics Department; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611. The Vegetable Production Handbook for Florida is edited by S. M. Olson, professor, North Florida Research and Education Center; and E. H. Simonne, associate professor, Horticultural Sciences Department, UF/IFAS Extension.

The use of trade names in this publication is solely for the purpose of providing specific information. It is not a guarantee or warranty of the products named, and does not signify that they are approved to the exclusion of others of suitable composition. Use pesticides safely. Read and follow directions on the manufacturer's label.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county's UF/IFAS Extension office.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.