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Pesticide Safety Education Program

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 To minimize exposure, always refer to the pesticide label for the required PPE!

What is personal protective equipment? 

PPE, or Personal Protective Equipment refers to clothing and devices worn to protect the human body from contact with pesticides or pesticide residues. PPE includes items such as protective gloves, aprons, respirators, eyewear, footware and coveralls.  Be sure to read and understand the pesticide label as it provides information about the use, safety and handling of the pesticide.  Read more HERE

What can be done to ensure proper use of personal protective equipment?

All PPE should be cleaned and maintained accordinging. It should fit comfortably, encouraging worker use. If the personal protective equipment does not fit properly, it can make the difference between being safely covered or dangerously exposed. When engineering, work practice, and administrative controls are not feasible or do not provide sufficient protection, employers must provide personal protective equipment to their workers and ensure its proper use. Employers are also required to train each worker required to use personal protective equipment to know.  Read more HERE

Properly Removing PPE

respirator protection guide
respirator fit test
remove disposable gloves how to remove gloves


Chemical Resistance Category Selection Chart

Other Useful Links

Environmental Health and Safety, OSU

Additional Information

Selecting and Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), OSU Factsheet

Pesticide Protective Equipment, OSU Factsheet

Personal Protective Equipment for Pesticides for Trainers and Supervisors, OSU Factsheet

PPE for Pesticide Handlers, EPA

PPE Suppliers