We recommend the following resources for educators interested in helping farm workers and gardeners protect themselves from pesticides:
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guides
These brochures help pesticide handlers/workers comply with the Worker Protection Standard. Charts explain how to interpret PPE statements on the pesticide label. Series titles are:
- Avoiding Heat Stress (pdf)
- Clothing Layers for Added Protection (pdf)
- Choosing Chemical-Resistant PPE (pdf) (includes EPA Chemical Resistance Category Selection Chart)
- Coveralls, Gloves, and Other Skin Protection (pdf)
- Inspecting, Maintaining, and Replacing PPE (pdf)
- Protective Eyewear (pdf)
Tips for Laundering Pesticide-Contaminated Clothing
Research by FSAD Faculty focuses on reducing pesticide exposure to certified handlers, occupational workers, and their families.
Areas of Research Interest
- Design of Protective Clothing
- Surface Modification of Fibers
- Decontamination of Pesticide-soiled Clothing
- Practices and Attitudes of Pesticide Applicators in Regard to Personal Protective Equipment
- Compliance With the Worker Protection Standard
- Influence of Pesticide Application Equipment on Clothing Needs of Applicator
- Children's Exposure to Pesticides
- Indoor Exposure to Pesticides
Also see the NC-170 Regional Research Project on Personal Protective Technology for Current and Emerging Occupational Hazards.
In-service education is offered to pesticide applicators through the Health Environmental and Pesticide Safety Education Program, Pesticide Management and Education Program (PMEP) at Cornell University.