Protective Gear

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by ultracut518, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. ultracut518

    ultracut518 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    I'm curious to know what kind of protective equipment you guys are wearing (if any) when spraying broadleaf killers like 3-way or escalade? Thanks
  2. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Page down to a thread about PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). The label will have the required PPE listed in the top right hand column.
  3. cod8825

    cod8825 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    None I mix the stuff with afternoon for a drink I think alittle bit of exposure will build the resistence to the stuff.

    Just kidding

    When I go out here is how I roll I wear cargo pants with a company polo shirt. I have a pair of nice hikking boats that I wear until I get to job site. When I get to the job site I wear rubber boats, neopyrene gloves, bibs and saftey glasses, on windy days I will break out the mask and were it.
    When I am done at a job I slip boots, gloves, and bibs off and put them in back. My truck also carries my family so I am extra careful to not carry the chemicals into the truck. Every so often I will go into truck and take ammonia and water and wip the surfaces down espically the ones that kids come into contact with
  4. BocaChris

    BocaChris LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    Do you recommend and type of chem resistant boots or shoes? I currently dont own a pair and not sure where I could get some around here
  5. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
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    I always wear my ppe, didn't use to:dizzy: Back when I was young and stupid, I always wear long pants, long sleeved shirt, gloves, and running shoes with chem resistant over shoes, and glasses. If a product requires more ppe than that, I typically shy away from that product.
  6. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,704

    When spraying with tank/hose I wear carhartt pants ,rubber boots with pants legs tucked in and water proof chaps over all this. I wear nitrile(gauntlet)gloves. I should wear long sleeved shirt but don't unless it's cold. It's usually so hot and humid in this area that I wear a short sleeved shirt most of the time. When mixing concentrates(especially liquids) I wear wrap around safety glasses. I feel most of the time my legs and feet have the greatest potential for exposure. That's why I wear the chaps for added protection.One time I saw this guy that worked for a pest control company that sprayed peoples yards for fleas/ticks with a JD9. He said his hair had been falling out in clumps. I looked down at his feet and he was wearing tennis shoes. I asked him if he wore rubber boots. He said " No way, they're way too hot". What an idiot!:hammerhead:
  7. vegomatic40

    vegomatic40 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I give all my guys neoprene boots, gloves and eye-protection. They are required to wear it anytime a application is being made or risk discliplinary action up to, and including possible termination. The long-sleeve shirts they are issued are light and breathable so they wick away moisture/heat rapidly and they seem to like them.
    The time when I have the most concern is when concentrates are being handled. Its easy to become forgetfull regarding PPE while filling a truck but is probably the easiest way for guys to get in trouble. I have strict rules regarding PPE while in the fill area, sometimes beyond label requirements but my "biggees" are wearing gloves, boots, aprons and faceshield. I make spot inspections in the afternoons while they are filling for the next day and I also have cameras throughout the shop that I can monitor even while getting my butt chewed by a customer. I do this not because I am so old bastard (which I am) but for the safety of everyone involved.
  8. jrc lawncare

    jrc lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    Ding, ding, we have a winner.
  9. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't buy much from Lesco but boots are one thing I buy there. They are 6 inches high and have a steel toe. I put Arch supports in them. I can mail order the same boot at 75% of the price of Lesco. But My feet are important and I want try boot on my feet before committing to them. BTW I wear them all the time, not just when I am spraying. BTW If you go to the Venice JDL-Lesco say hello to Jerry for me. He is a long time Lesco employee and knows his stuff.
  10. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,305

    Speedo and snorkeling mask.

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