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APPENDIX 4.

MINIMUM REQUIRED PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

Employers must provide appropriate protective eyewear and gloves to pesticide employee handlers and make sure that employees use them properly. California regulation requirements for PPE may be more restrictive than pesticide label require- ments, so it is important to understand the California requirements.

Eyewear California regulations require that protective eyewear be worn:

  • when required by the pesticide product labeling

  • during all mixing or loading activities

  • while adjusting, cleaning, or repairing mixing, loading application equipment that con- tains pesticide material in hoppers, tanks, or lines

  • when making applications by hand or using hand-held equipment, except when:

    • applying vertebrate pest control baits that are placed without being propelled from application equipment

    • applying solid fumigants (including aluminum phosphide, magnesium phosphide, and smoke cartridges) to vertebrate burrows

    • baiting insect monitoring traps

    • applying non-insecticidal lures

  • while making ground application using vehicle mounted or towed equipment, except when:

    • injecting or incorporating pesticides into soil

    • spray nozzles are located below the employee and the nozzles are directed downward

    • working in an enclosed cab

  • while flagging, except when the flagger is in an enclosed cab

Whenever protective eyewear is required, one of the following types of must be worn:

  • safety glasses that provide front, and supplemental brow and temple protection (com-

mon eyeglasses, including sunglasses, do not meet this requirement)

  • goggles

  • face shield

  • full face mask used in conjunction with respiratory protection

Gloves

California regulations require employers to assure that chemical resistant gloves are worn by pesticide handler employees when required by the pesticide product label- ing (unless the pesticide product labeling specifies that gloves must not be worn), when employees are engaged in:

  • mixing or loading

  • adjusting, cleaning or repairing contaminated mixing, loading, or application equipment

  • application by hand or using hand-held equipment, except when applying vertebrate

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