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Interpreting PPE Statements on Pesticide Labels1

F. Fishel and O. N. Nesheim2

Many Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) statements on pesticide labels have been changed as a result of the Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides (WPS). PPE statements on products that are labeled for use on farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses, in particular, have been revised. These revised statements are more precise on the type of PPE that must be worn by pesticide handlers (mixers, loaders, and applicators). The terminology used to describe the required PPE is now more consistent from label to label. The following chart lists LABEL STATEMENTS used to describe PPE required for use by mixers, loaders, and applicators. The accompanying column of ACCEPTABLE PPE describes the options the pesticide handler has when the label statement lists a specific item of PPE. Table 1 lists statements related to Body Protection, Table 2 shows the Hand Protection statements, Table 3 lists the Eye Protection statements, while Table 4 shows the Foot Protection. Table 5 lists the Respiratory Protection statements and Table 6 shows the Head Protection statements.

Tables

Table 1. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) statements—Body Protection

Label Statement

Acceptable PPE

Long-sleeved shirt and long pants

Long-sleeved shirt and long pants, or Woven or nonwoven coverall, or Plastic- or other barrier-coated coverall, or Rubber or plastic suit.

Coverall worn over short-sleeved shirt and short pants

Coverall worn over short-sleeved shirt and short pants, or Coverall worn over long-sleeved shirt and long pants, or Coverall worn over another coverall, or Plastic- or other barrier-coated coverall, or Rubber or plastic suit.

Coverall worn over long-sleeved shirt and long pants

Coverall worn over long-sleeved shirt and long pants, or Coverall worn over another coverall, or Plastic- or other barrier-coated coverall, or Rubber or plastic suit.

Chemical-resistant apron worn over coverall or over long-sleeved shirt and long pants

Chemical-resistant apron worn over coverall or over long-sleeved shirt and long pants, or Barrier-coated coverall, or Rubber or plastic suit.

Chemical-resistant protective suit

Plastic- or other barrier-coated coverall, or Rubber or plastic suit.

Waterproof suit or liquidproof suit

Plastic- or other barrier-coated coverall, or Rubber or plastic suit.

Table 2. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) statements—Hand Protection

Label Statement

Acceptable PPE

Waterproof gloves

Any rubber or plastic gloves sturdy enough to remain intact throughout the task being performed.

Chemical-resistant glove

Barrier-laminate gloves or Other gloves that glove section charts or guidance documents indicate are chemical-resistant to the pesticide for the period of time required to perform the task.

Chemical-resistant gloves such as butyl or nitrile

Butyl gloves, or Nitrile gloves, or Other gloves that glove selection charts or guidance documents indicate are chemical-resistant to the pesticide for the period of time required to perform the task.

Table 3. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) statements—Eye Protection

Label Statement

Acceptable PPE

Protective eyewear

Shielded safety glasses, or Face shield, or Googles, or Full-face respirator.

Googles

Googles, or Full-face respirator.

Table 4. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) statements—Foot Protection

Label Statement

Appectable PPE

Shoes

Leather, canvas, or fabric shoes, or Chemical-resistant shoes, or Chemical-resistant boots, or Chemical-resistant shoe coverings (booties)

Chemical-resistant boots

Chemical-resistant boots

Table 5. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) statements—Respiratory Protection

Label Statement

Acceptable PPE

Cartridge respirator

Respirator with organic vapor removing cartridge and pesticide prefilter, or Respirator with canister approved for pesticides, or Air-supplying respirator

Air-supplying respirator or self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA)

Air-supplying respirator or Self-contained breathing apparatus

Dust/mist filtering respirator

Dust/mist filtering respirator, or Respirator with dust/mist filtering cartridge, or Respirator with organic vapor removing cartridge and pesticide prefilter, or Air-supplying respirator

Canister respirator (gas mask)

Respirator with canister approved for pesticides or Air-supplying respirator

Table 6. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) statements—Head Protection

Label Statement

Acceptable PPE

Chemical-resistant hood or wide-brimmed hat

Rubber or plastic-coated safari-style hat, or Rubber or plastic-coated fire-fighter style hat, or Plastic- or other barrier-coated hood, or Rubber or plastic hood, or Full hood or helmet that is part of some respirators.

Footnotes

1.

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 September 2019. Visit the EDIS website at https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu for the currently supported version of this publication.

2.

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.


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