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chemical safety

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by bluemoon, Aug 17, 2004.

  1. bluemoon

    bluemoon LawnSite Member
    from Kansas
    Posts: 114

    I realize there are many out there that apply chemicals. What I am wondering is - as a rule I don't see most employing safety measures to protect themselves. I realize I don't see everybody, but the ones I see don't.
    In fact since I started mowing in 1999, I have seen one guy wear rubber boots, he didn't have gloves on.
    Another guy wore gloves , but no other protective apparel.
    Just yesterday I saw a woman mixing chemicals on a large truck, 300 or so gallon, no protection.
    TGCL sprays here all the time, no protection sometimes gloves.
    This friend of mine is in the thick of things and thinks he needs some protection, I agree. Just not sure what he needs.
  2. James Cormier

    James Cormier LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 1,218

    Applying and mixing are 2 very different things, because mixing is coming in contact with concentrates.

    Some people are not infavor of gloves when spraying for 2 reasons

    1. gloves make you sweat, and your pores are open when sweating thus allowing chemicals the enter easier, if and when you come in contract with materials

    2. Most people wear the wrong type of gloves, leather, and the gloves hold the chemical and get on your hands

    Me I use gloves most of the time, but most importantly I wash my hands after each lawn. I wear rubber boots as well most of the time but from time to time I do wear leather work boots.

    I think whats most important is using common sense.
  3. Neal Wolbert

    Neal Wolbert LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 407

    Why take a chance with any exposure possibility? Wear waterproof, loose gloves with the cuffs rolled up and carry powder to help get them on and off easily. Never wear leather shoes when applying pesticides or fertilizers for that matter. Make every effort to minimize exposure to anything that may impact your health. Certainly product labels will give you the p.p.e. requirements. Follow them and you will limit exposure and protect yourself. Doesn't this make sense? Neal
  4. bluemoon

    bluemoon LawnSite Member
    from Kansas
    Posts: 114

    Thanks for the input everyone. Appreciate the your input.
    thank you

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