Which personal protective equipment do you need to wear when working with crop protection?

Which personal protective equipment do you need to wear when working with crop protection?When working with crop protection products, it is important that you wear the correct personal protection equipment. Unprotected working with crop protection products can lead to health risks, for example if your skin is in contact with the product or if you inhale the product. That's why our specialist provides several tips for using personal protection equipment when spraying.

Different personal protective equipment per crop protection product

Specific personal protective equipment is required for each crop protection product. This can be found on the safety data sheet (Section 8: 'Exposure control measures/personal protection'). Personal protective equipment is subdivided into gloves, spray hoods, masks and boots. 

Gloves

  • Always wear neoprene or nitrile rubber gloves. Latex, leather and fabric gloves do not protect against crop protection products. 
  • Never use uncleaned gloves. 
  • Long cuffed gloves reduce the risk of skin contact by more than 80%.
  • Wear the cuffs of the gloves in your spray overalls (in other words, pull the sleeves of the spray overall over the cuffs of the gloves).
  • After spraying you should clean the gloves with soap and water (preferably use disposable gloves to avoid the risk of contamination of the inside). 

Spray overalls

  • Always use a liquid-tight spray overall with an elastic band in the cuffs and trouser legs, a hood and a flap at the zippers. Note: a rain suit does not suffice, because it does not provide sufficient protection and does not fit around the wrists and waist. 
  • Check your spray overalls for cracks, holes or other imperfections before use.
  • After the spraying you should clean the spray overalls (but preferably use a disposable overall, to prevent the risk of contamination of the inside). 

Masks

  • Choose a mask that is suitable for the work you are going to do.
  • Check in advance that the mask closes properly. 
  • Use the correct filter. Also write the date of commissioning on the filter. When carrying out the spraying, make sure that you do not exceed the useful life of the filter (maximum 8 hours). 
  • When using a half face mask, make sure you have good eye protection

Boots

  • Wear neoprene or nitrile rubber boots. These substances are impermeable to liquids and chemical pesticides. 
  • Check your boots for cracks, internal contamination, or other imperfections before use.
  • Do not put the trouser legs of your spray overalls into your boots but pull them over your boots. This will prevent the liquid from entering the boot. 
  • After spraying, take the boots off and clean thoroughly.

Sequence of attracting personal protective equipment

The best order to put the personal protective equipment on: first the gloves, then the overall and hood, rubber boots, mask and filter and any eye protection. Take it off in the reverse order, so first the eye protection, then the mask and the filter, boots, overall and gloves. After use, close the filter again with plugs, then note the service life on the filter and dismantle the spray mask.   


Questions about personal protective equipment
Do you have questions about personal protective equipment, or would you like advice? Then contact crop protection specialist Jan Krouwer, or ask your question using the form below. 


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