74 • PESTICIDE HANDLER SAFETY
Employers must ensure that each employee who handles any pesticide with the signal word Danger or Warning is provided with clean coveralls at the start of each workday.
Coveralls. Employers must ensure that each employee who handles any pesticide with the signal word Danger or Warning is provided with—and wears—clean coveralls at the start of each workday (Figure 5-1). Coveralls means a one- or two-piece garment of closely-woven fabric that covers the entire body except for the head, hands, and feet.
Employees are required to remove their coveralls and wash themselves at the end of each workday. They must not take potentially contaminated coveralls home. However, when an employee does not return to the employer’s headquarters at the end of the workday, they can remove their coveralls and store them in a sealable container outside their own living quarters for later return to the em- ployer.
Employers must provide for the laundering of coveralls. They must inform the person or firm doing the laundry that they will receive pesticide- contaminated clothing and that it should be laundered separately. Exceptions to this requirement may be found in the California Code of Regulations, Title 3, Section 6738(i). Employees using fumigants are not required to wear coveralls unless that is expressly required by the pesticide label.
they make or break equipment connections, insert or remove probes, or at any other time when the integrity of the system is broken.
when employees are adjusting, cleaning, or repairing application equipment or mixing and loading equipment that contains pesticides in hoppers, tanks, or lines
when employees are conducting hand applications, except when
applying vertebrate pest control baits that are placed without being propelled from application equipment
applying solid fumigants to vertebrate burrows
baiting insect monitoring traps OR
applying non-insecticidal lures
when engaging in ground applica- tion activities using towed or vehicle-mounted equipment except when
injecting or incorporating pesticides into soil
vehicle-mounted spray nozzles are located below the em- ployee and the nozzles are directed downward
working in an enclosed cab
when employees are flagging, except when they are in an enclosed cab
Eye Protection. Employers must provide employees with eye protection and assure the employees use it
Protective Gloves. Employers must provide employees with gloves and assure that all employees who handle any pesticide use them when the label requires it (except as provided in California Code of Regulations, Title 3, Section 6738) or when they are
• when it is required by the label, except as provided in the Califor- nia Code of Regulations, Title 3, Section 6738
• when employees are mixing and loading pesticides. Eye protection is required when employees use closed systems that operate under pressure. When employees use other closed systems, eye protec- tion must be available at the work site, and they must wear it when
• mixing or loading • adjusting, cleaning, or repairing contaminated mixing, loading, or application equipment • making hand applications or using hand-held equipment except when they are using equipment that prevents hand contact with
Unless the label specifies the type of eyewear, you may use safety glasses that have a brow piece and side shields when handling pesticides.