76 • PESTICIDE HANDLER SAFETY
Chemical-resistant footwear protects your feet from pesticide exposure.
Employers must provide approved respiratory protective equipment when pesticide labeling or regulations require it or when respiratory equipment is needed to maintain employee exposure below an applicable recognized exposure standard.
Head Gear. When the pesticide label specifies chemical-resistant head gear, employers must assure that employees wear either a chemical-resistant hood or a chemical-resistant hat with a wide brim. For aircraft operation, a helmet may be substituted for chemical- resistant head gear.
Apron. When the pesticide label specifies a chemical-resistant apron, employers must assure that employees wear one that covers the front of the body from mid-chest to the knees.
Respiratory Protection. Respiratory protection required by the pesticide label or by the Worker Protection Standard must be currently approved by the National Institute for Occupa- tional Safety and Health or the Mine Safety and Health Administration for the specific chemical and exposure condition. Employers must provide— and assure that employees wear— approved respiratory protective equipment when the pesticide label or regulations require it or when respira- tory equipment is needed to maintain employee exposure below an applicable recognized exposure standard (Figure 5-6).
Employers must have a written program that outlines the procedures for selecting, fitting, cleaning and sanitizing, inspecting, and maintaining respiratory equipment. Employees with facial hair that prevents an adequate seal (e.g., beards) cannot work where respiratory protection is required unless the employer provides them with respiratory protection that does not require a face-to-facepiece seal for proper operation.
Employers are responsible for repairing or replacing equipment as necessary when it becomes worn or deteriorated. Respirators must be inspected before each use to ensure that all components are present and operate properly. Respirator air- purifying elements (cartridges) must be changed according to pesticide product label directions or the respirator manufacturer’s recommendations, whichever is more frequent. In the absence of any instructions about their service life, air-purifying elements must be changed at the end of each day’s work. If the respirator user senses an odor, chemical taste, or irritation, they must leave the area, check the respira- tor for fit or function, and change the cartridge if necessary.