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If the type of glove required is not specified on the pesticide label, employers must provide gloves made of rubber, neoprene, or other chemical-resistant material that provides equivalent or better protection from the pesticide being handled.

rodenticide bait or with contami- nated equipment The exception to this requirement is when the pesticide label specifies that gloves must not be worn.

Whenever gloves are required, employers must provide employees each workday with unused gloves or with previously used clean gloves

  • that are in good condition

  • that have no rips or cracks

  • that have been thoroughly washed inside and outside with soap and water

If the type of glove required is not specified on the pesticide label, employers must provide gloves made of rubber, neoprene, or other chemical- resistant material that provides equiva- lent or better protection from the pesticide being handled (Figure 5-3). If chemical-resistant gloves do not provide adequate suppleness and durability, leather gloves may be worn over chemical-resistant liners. Once leather gloves have been used for this purpose, they must not be worn in any other situation.

Chemical-Resistant Protective Clothing. When the label or regula- tions specify waterproof or impervious pants and coat, or a rain suit, employ- ers must provide—and assure that employees wear—a full-body, chemical- resistant suit (Figure 5-4) that covers the torso, head, arms, hands, legs, and feet. If an employee works as an applicator in an enclosed cab or as a flagger in an enclosed vehicle, they must keep the full-body, chemical- resistant protective clothing immedi- ately available and stored in a chemi- cal-resistant container.

When an employee mixes, loads, or transfers pesticides with the signal word Danger or Warning through a closed system or in sealed water- soluble packets, they must wear—at a minimum—coveralls, a chemical- resistant apron and chemical-resistant


gloves. However, they must keep the full-body, chemical-resistant protective clothing immediately available at the work site.

No employee may handle any pesticide that requires a full-body, chemical-resistant protective suit when the ambient temperature exceeds 80˚F during daylight hours or 85˚F during nighttime hours (sunset to sunrise). The exception is when employees use cooled, chemical-resistant suits or other control methods to maintain an effective working environment at or below the daylight and nighttime temperatures just mentioned.

Footwear. When the pesticide label specifies chemical-resistant footwear (Figure 5-5), employers must assure that employees wear one of the following types of footwear:

  • chemical-resistant shoes

  • chemical-resistant boots

  • chemical-resistant coverings worn

over boots or shoes Employees do not need to wear chemical-resistant footwear when they are operating aircraft.


Chemical-resistant garments provide the maximum amount of protection from pesticide exposure.

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