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Protecting Yourself From Breathing Pesticides on Farms

Sometimes, pesticide spray can stay in the air that you breathe. The best way to avoid breathing pesticides is to use a tractor with an enclosed cab that has a special filter that keeps pesticides out. Another way to protect yourself is to wear a breathing mask called a respirator.

WHEN SHOULD I WEAR A RESPIRATOR?

HOW DO I GET THE RIGHT RESPIRATOR?

You must wear a respirator anytime the pesticide label requires one. You may need to wear a respirator if the pesticide label says, “Avoid breathing vapor or mist.”

Your employer must give you a respirator when it is needed. You must wear it.

WHAT TRAINING DO I NEED?

Before you use a respirator for the first time, you must be trained in how to use it safely. After that, you must get the training again every year. Training must tell you when you need to wear a respirator and show you how to safely wear it. You must also be told about what the respirator can’t protect you against.

There are different kinds of respirators that will protect you from different dangers. When using pesticides that could irritate your eyes, you might wear a full-face respirator (like in the picture) to protect your eyes and lungs. Some fumigant labels require you to wear a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). The pesti- cide label or your employer will tell you what kind of respirator to use.

It is also very important that the respirator fits your face. Respirators come in different sizes. You must be trained how to check your respirator fit. While you are checking how your respirator fits and getting used to

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You must wear a respirator anytime the pesticide label requires one.

HS-632 Revised September 2003

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