PPE Replacement Guidelines for Pesticide Handlers

PPE Replacement Guidelines for Pesticide Handlers

Under the Worker Protection Standard (WPS), ensuring the safety and effectiveness of personal protective equipment (PPE) for pesticide handlers involves strict replacement guidelines. Here’s what you need to know:

Respirators

Filtering Facepiece Respirators, Filters, Cartridges, or Canisters

When to Replace:

  • When breathing resistance becomes excessive.
  • If the filter is damaged or torn.
  • As specified by the respirator manufacturer or pesticide labeling.
  • After a maximum of 8 hours of cumulative use if no other instructions are available. (Per the EPA Learn more)

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PPE Replacement Guidelines: Gas- and Vapor-Removing Respirator Cartridges or Canisters

When to Replace:

  • At the first sign of odor, taste, or irritation.
  • When breathing resistance becomes excessive.
  • As specified by the respirator manufacturer or pesticide labeling.
  • According to a data-driven change-out schedule if no other instructions are available.

PPE Replacement Guidelines for Pesticide Handlers: Other PPE

General PPE (e.g., Gloves, Coveralls, Protective Eyewear)

Inspection:

  • Inspect all PPE daily for leaks, holes, tears, or worn places, and repair or discard any damaged equipment.
  • Dispose of non-reusable PPE or any PPE that cannot be cleaned.
  • Discard coveralls or other absorbent materials drenched or heavily contaminated with pesticides labeled “DANGER” or “WARNING” and do not reuse them.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Cleaning and Reuse

  • Proper Cleaning:
  • If PPE will be reused, clean it before each day of reuse following the manufacturer’s instructions or wash thoroughly in detergent and hot water.
  • Drying:
  • Dry the clean PPE thoroughly before storage or place it in a well-ventilated area to dry.

Recordkeeping

Documentation

Maintain Records:

  • Employers must keep records documenting the completion of PPE requirements, including the replacement of respirator purifying elements, for at least two years.

These guidelines ensure PPE remains effective in protecting pesticide handlers from hazardous chemicals. Regular inspection, proper maintenance, and timely replacement of PPE are essential for compliance with the WPS.

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