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pest control baits using long handled implements that avoid actual hand contact with the bait or potentially contaminated areas of equipment.

If the type of glove is not specified on product labeling for the pesticide being handled, gloves made of rubber, neoprene, or other chemical resistant material that provides equivalent or better protection must be used. Gloves or glove linings of leather, cotton, or other absorbent materials shall not be worn by pesticide handlers unless expressly permitted by pesticide product labeling. If chemical resistant gloves with sufficient durability and suppleness are not available, leather gloves may be worn over chemi- cal resistant glove liners. Once leather gloves have been used for this purpose, they must not be worn in any other situation.


The employer shall assure that when chemical resistant footwear is specified by the pesticide product labeling, one of the following types of footwear is worn by pesticide handlers:

  • chemical resistant shoes

  • chemical resistant boots

  • chemical resistant coverings worn over boots or shoes


An employer must assure that when chemical resistant headgear is specified by the pesticide product labeling, either a chemical resistant hood or a chemical resistant hat with a wide brim is worn.

Chemical Resistant Apron

Employers must assure that when a chemical resistant apron is specified by the pes- ticide product labeling, a garment that covers the front of the body from mid-chest to the knees is worn.


When pesticide product labeling or regulations specify a chemical resistant suit, wa- terproof or impervious pants and coat or a rain suit, employers must provide handlers with chemical resistant suits that cover the torso, head, arms, and legs.

Except for exceptions listed below, when the pesticide label requires chemical resistant bodywear, employees cannot handle the material if the outdoor ambient temperature exceeds 80oF during daylight hours or 85oF during nighttime hours. If outdoor am- bient temperatures exceed these maximums, employees can only perform handling activities if employees are:

  • using cooled chemical resistant suits (mixers, loaders, other handlers, and applicators)

  • working in an enclosed cab or cockpit (applicators)

  • using a closed mixing system (mixers and loaders)

  • handling pesticides packaged in water-soluble packets and the packets are not opened

(mixers and loaders)


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