JPSE Volume 17 - 2015

Commentary - Pages 1 to 14

A Call for Clear and Accurate Communication about PPE for Dermal Protection for Pesticide Handlers

Anugrah Shaw, Carol A. Black, Courtney Harned


Current terminology and the process used for assigning personal protective equipment (PPE) for dermal protection affect the quality and accuracy of PPE labeling and outreach resources that pesticide handlers and their employers rely on. The PPE statements must be clear, concise, and consistent across labels since they are the primary means for communicating risk mitigation for those supervising or handling pesticide products. Confusing, inaccurate, and/or general PPE statements on pesticide labels or outreach materials negate the time, effort, and resources expended in conducting exposure studies, risk assessment, risk mitigation, and training. Throughout this document, examples are provided to illustrate common shortcomings in PPE labeling and to demonstrate the need for EPA to review its processes, science, and information management to more clearly communicate what PPE is required to protect pesticide handlers. By engaging in a dialogue and making necessary changes, EPA can provide guidance for registrants to label their products, for educators and regulators to develop outreach materials, and for employers to purchase PPE that protects their workforce from pesticide exposure.

Keywords: personal protective equipment, pesticide handlers, dermal protection, pesticide labels

Full Text:  74-382-1-PB.pdf

Tools and Methods - Pages 15 to 24

The SpotOnTM Sprayer Calibrator, a Digital Flow Meter: Accuracy Evaluation and Use in Pesticide Safety Education Programs

Robert E. Wolf,  Patricia A. Hipkins, Scott M. Bretthauer, Robert D. Grisso, H. Mark Hanna, Randal K. Taylor,  James A. Wilson


Six independent tests were conducted to evaluate the accuracy of the SpotOnTM Sprayer Calibrator, a digital flow meter produced by Innoquest. The results are presented in this article. The authors also discuss the pros and cons of using this device to measure flow rate and explain how it may be used in educational programs. Tests confirmed that the SpotOn™ Sprayer Calibrator measures nozzle flow rate accurately, quickly, and easily. Pesticide safety educators can use this device to demonstrate the factors involved in nozzle flow rate, identify worn nozzles, and calculate a system’s application rate.

Keywords:  application rate, calibration, flow rate, flow meter, Innoquest, SpotOnTM

Full Text: 75-387-1-PB.pdf

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