RCR international Pty Ltd point out that, in some industries, wearing personal protective equipment is just as important as using the right machine for the job.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) must be provided by the employer when required. The employer is responsible for cleaning and maintaining the PPE as well as insuring each handler wears and uses it correctly. Each handler needs to be provided with a clean place to put on and remove PPE and to store personal clothing.
The employer must take action, if necessary, to prevent heat-related illness while wearing the PPE. The employer needs to insure that any handler does not take home PPE that has been exposed to pesticides.
PPE also must be properly cleaned and maintained. Clean, inspect and repair PPE according to the manufacturer's instructions before each use. Dispose of PPE that is non-reusable or cannot be cleaned. Wash and store PPE separately from personal clothing.
It is important to become familiar with the types of pesticides used in the farming operation. Knowing the types of pesticides used determines the protective clothing and equipment needed to handle them.
Employers should also consider the nature of the proximity of the chemical to points of entry on the body - dermal (through the skin), oral (through the mouth) or inhalation (through the lungs). Dressing for the job and understanding the potential risks of pesticide exposure are a must for anyone handling, mixing, loading, or applying chemicals.
Personal protective equipment for pesticide handlers includes:
- Eye Protection
- Hand Protection
- Foot Protection