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by Nancy Wickus
on April 23, 2020 at 2:42 PM
Great Article! Just one comment: Not sure where the "Coveralls should be worn ... or when applying by backpack or airblast" requirement comes from? 6738.1 says: (e) Employees wear coveralls whenever they handle pesticides with the signal word "DANGER" or "WARNING" except when using fumigants unless the pesticide product labeling expressly requires the use of coveralls. I can't find anything in the code that references backpacks and airblast?
by Lisa Blecker
on April 24, 2020 at 12:47 PM
Hi, Nancy. You are correct, 6738 does not require coveralls expressly for backpack sprayers and airblast applications. We do recommend the use of coveralls with those two application methods, even when not required, because there is a high likelihood that the pesticide handler will come into direct contact with the spray solution. Backpack sprayers are notorious for leaking, and airblast applications made from an open cab will result in spray droplets falling on the applicator. It is not safe for handlers to have their work clothes soaked with spray solution, and coveralls will provide them with extra protection.
 
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