Agricultural Health & Safety
Pm-1265f | Reprinted | January 1995
by Janis Stone, textiles and clothing; Wendy Wintersteen,
entomologist; Laura Miller, Editor.
|Pesticide clothing safety|
|How much do you know ?|
your skill with this quick quiz.
When should you wash pesticide-soiled clothing?
It is okay to wash pesticide-soiled clothes with your
family's regular wash.
Using bleach will guarantee removal of all pesticides
from farm clothing.
Trace amounts of pesticides in clothes are harmful to
Pesticides from soiled clothing can be absorbed through
Answers to quiz: 1-d; 2- False; 3-False; 4-c; 5-True
Few Iowans suffer acute poisoning from pesticide use today. This good safety record is possible because people are learning more about ways to minimize exposure to harmful chemicals.
can enter the body through inhalation or accidental ingestion.
However, the most common and least understood means of poisoning
is through skin absorption. Whether liquid spray or granular,
all forms of pesticide can soil your clothes, putting them
in close contact with your skin where they may be absorbed.
Granules may not stick to fabrics or leave evidence of soiling,
but cotton fabrics may hold their pesticide residues.
materials vary in their ability to resist penetration and
permeation of pesticides. Cotton woven materials, such as
heavy denim, may offer adequate protection from granular and
dry formulations in limited exposure situations. For liquid
sprays, chemically resistant materials or those with a chemically
resistant finish offer more protection and can be worn over
regular work clothing, especially for mixing and loading tasks.
This publication outlines care for regular work clothing of
cotton or cotton-blend materials, such as denim jeans that
90 percent of Iowa farmers wear for pesticide application.
Other Safe Farm publications explain how to care for more
chemically resistant materials and what to do with disposables.
Wear clean clothes daily. If pesticide gets on clothes that are already soiled or dirty, the pesticide will be more difficult to remove than from clean clothes.
all clothing heavily soiled with full-strength or concentrated
Follow these laundering practices for all cotton and cotton-blend clothing worn around pesticides. These methods will lessen your exposure to pesticides and leave the least amount of residue in clothing.
Before laundering family clothes, run the washer through a complete cycle without clothes to rinse pesticide residue out of your machine. Use hot water and detergent.
About laundering additives
Always consult the pesticide label. Manufacturers offer many suggestions, but you must choose the protective clothing, equipment, and laundry methods required in your situation.
Safe Farm promotes health and safety in agriculture. It is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health, Iowa State University, and a network of groups that serve Iowa farm workers and their families. Printed on recycled paper with soy ink Cooperative Extension Service, Iowa State University of Science and Technology and the United States Department of Agriculture cooperating. Robert M. Anderson, Jr., director, Ames, Iowa. Distributed in furtherance of the Acts of Congress of May 8 and June 30, 1914.
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