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FIGURE 6-3.

Employees may enter a treated field during a restricted-entry interval to conduct pesticide handling activities if they use the pesticide handler personal protective equipment listed on the pesticide label.

chapter must be met. The “no contact” requirement is met if the employee is operating a tractor or other equipment and is separated from the treated surfaces by an enclosed cab, shields, or operator placement on the equipment in relation to the treated plants.

Employees may enter a treated field during a label-required REI to conduct limited-contact activities, including limited-contact irrigation, that are necessary and unforeseen only if

  • A.

    the label does not require posting and oral notification of employees

  • B.

    at least four hours have elapsed since the application was com- pleted

  • C.

    the inhalation exposure does not exceed the label standard, or if the ventilation criteria outlined earlier in this chapter have been met

  • D.

    exposure is minimal and limited to the feet, the legs below the knees, the hands, and the fore- arms below the elbows

  • E.

    the PPE specified on the label for early-entry workers—or at least the following—is worn: coveralls, socks, chemical-resistant footwear, chemical-resistant gloves, and protective eyewear if required by the label

  • F.

    each employee spends no more than eight hours in any 24-hour period in the treated field

FIELDWORKER SAFETY • 89

G. employees are informed that this exception is being used and about the provisions in B, C, and F above, orally or by posting a notice Employees may enter a treated field to perform activities other than pesti- cide handling, no-contact activities, or limited-contact activities that do not involve hand labor, provided that

  • at least four hours have elapsed since the end of the application

  • the inhalation exposure does not exceed the label standard, or the ventilation criteria outlined earlier in this chapter have been met

  • employees use the PPE required by the label for early entry

  • employees remain in the treated field for no more than 1 hour in any 24 hour period

Employees may enter a treated field to conduct activities other than hand labor after expiration of the label- required restricted-entry interval, but while a restricted-entry interval in regulation is still in effect, if they wear work clothing with long sleeves and long legs, shoes with socks, and gloves.

When employees operate tractors or other equipment with enclosed cabs, or when they are prevented from coming into contact with anything that was treated, they are considered to be engaging in a “no contact” activity.

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