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Requirements for Early-Entry Fieldwor ers

Employees may be allowed to perform tasks in a treated field after completion of the application and while a restricted-entry interval is in effect ONLY if employers meet all of the requirements specified below:

  • Employers must assure that early- entry fieldworkers are informed of pesticide label requirements regarding: human hazards or precautions; first aid; symptoms of poisoning; use and care of label- required PPE for early entry workers; prevention, recognition, and first aid for heat-related illnesses; and the importance of washing themselves thoroughly at the end of the exposure period.

  • Employers must provide all required PPE and provide for its cleaning according to pesticide label instructions. In the absence of any instructions the PPE must be washed in hot water with detergent.

  • Employers must replace PPE when it cannot be properly cleaned or repaired. Employers must assure the PPE is inspected before each day’s use and that all PPE is kept


separate from personal clothing in a pesticide free, specifically designated place when not in use. All required PPE must meet the applicable standard in the Califor- nia Code of Regulations, Title 3, Section 6738.

  • Employers must assure that all PPE is used correctly for its intended purpose.

  • Employers must assure that cleaned PPE is dried, or stored in a well-ventilated place to dry, and that contaminated PPE is kept and washed separately from other clothing or laundry.

  • PPE must remain the property of the employer. The employer must not direct or allow employees to take contaminated PPE home. The employer must inform anyone who cleans or launders PPE that it may be contaminated, the hazards it presents, and how to properly handle and clean it.

  • When the pesticide label requires eye protection, employers must assure that each early-entry worker has in their possession, or in their work vehicle, at least one pint of eyeflush water.

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