Respirator or No Respirator??

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by ultracut518, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. ultracut518

    ultracut518 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    This topic was brought up recently in another thread (Fogged Up), so I figured it would be a good topic of its own.........

    So who is (or is not) wearing a respirator or dust mask while making applications (such as liqued broadleaf herb, etc.)??
  2. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    Does the label state that a respirator or mask must be worn (PPE)? If not, then I don't believe there is reason to wear one. Not to mention, if you are out, wearing a face mask, when it's not needed, it's just going to aid in giving the chemical industry a worse imiage. However if YOU feel more comfortable protecting youself then by all means, do it. Just like wearing eye or ear protection while running equipment, or sun screen or long sleeves in the summer, it's a personal choice you have to make about your own body.
  3. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,052

    I always wear a respirator. I think it gives me and the industry a better image.
  4. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,903

    what ever the label says wear, I do.
  5. Turfdoctor1

    Turfdoctor1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 707

    wearing a respirator when not needed is the exact opposite of the image I want to portray of our industry.

    why portray that what you are spraying is dangerous to inhale, if it is not?
  6. ultracut518

    ultracut518 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    good points
  7. Ducke

    Ducke LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 353

    I never wear one .
    Around here if I wore a mask I would have 3/4 of green peace on my a$$.:hammerhead:
    anyways what we use here is environmentally safe and applies to all anti pesticide laws ;)
  8. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,003

    Nova Scotia? Grass grows in Nova Scotia? :)
  9. Ducke

    Ducke LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 353

    Well for at least two months of the years is dose. :rolleyes:
  10. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    I tell you one darn thing............The label tells you to wear coveralls????????? I am not wearing coverall for anyone and that includes the late-great Roy Clarke!!!!!
    I wear Nitrile gloves approved by niosh, boots and socks( If you are spraying barefoot, then you need your head examined.) Longsleeve shirt, and chemical or water resistant chaps...............! If I have to look like a NASA Astronaut and will die of heat stroke from all of the appropriate PPE, then I will quit the business........... Tell these regulators to go out on a day that is 115 degrees with 50% relative humidity and wear this damn stuff! End of Story!

    As far as respirator, When I am applying 3-way material or Pre-M herbicides. Insecticides.......You better believe it!!!!!!!!!!!

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