Personal Protective Equipment Definitions

Personal protective equipment (PPE)-Apparel and devices worn to protect the body from contact with pesticides or pesticide residues include:

  • Coveralls.
  • Chemical-resistant suits, gloves, footwear, aprons, and headgear.
  • Protective eyewear.
  • Respirators.

The following attire is not defined as PPE but is personal protective clothing required for all pesticide applications. The labeling might require pesticide handlers or early-entry workers to wear it in addition to PPE for some tasks:

  • Long- sleeved shirts.
  • Long pants.
  • Shoes and socks.

If such non-PPE attire is required, the employer must make sure that it is worn

Chemical-resistant-Allows no measurable amount of the pesticide to move through the material during use.

Waterproof-Allows no measurable movement of water (or water-based solutions) through the material during use.

Chemical-resistant suit-A loosely fitting one- or two-piece chemical-resistant garment that covers, at a minimum, the entire body except for the head, hands, and feet.

Coverall-A loosely fitting one- or two-piece garment that covers, at a minimum, the entire body except the head, hands, and feet. Coveralls are made of fabric, such as cotton or a cotton-polyester blend, and are not chemical resistant. The pesticide labeling might specify that the coveralls be worn over a layer of clothing. (Allowable substitution: A chemical-resistant suit can be worn instead of coveralls and any required inner layer of clothing.)

Chemical-resistant apron-One made of chemical-resistant material, covering the front of the body from mid-chest to knees. (Allowable substitution: if a chemical-resistant suit is worn, no apron is required.)

Gloves-Hand coverings of the type listed on the pesticide label. Gloves or glove linings made of leather, cotton, or other absorbent materials cannot be worn for handling or early-entry activities unless these materials are listed on the pesticide labeling as accept-able for such use. (Allowable substitution: Leather gloves may be worn over chemical-resistant liners for tasks with sharp-thorned plants. After leather gloves have been worn for such work, however, they may be worn only with chemical-resistant liners and may not be worn for any other use.

Chemical-resistant footwear-Chemical-resistant shoes, boots, or shoe coverings worn over shoes or boots. (Allowable substitution: Leather boots may be worn in rough terrain if chemical-resistant footwear with appropriate durability and tread is unavailable.)

Protective eyewear-Goggles, face shield, or safety glasses with front, brow, and temple protection. (Allowable substitution: A full-face respirator.)

Chemical-resistant headgear-A chemical-resistant hood or hat with a wide brim.