Minimum Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Work Clothing for Handling Activities

Toxicity category of end-use product

Route of Exposure

I (Danger)

II (Warning)

III (Caution)

IV (Caution)

Dermal toxicity or skin irritation potential1

Coveralls worn over long-sleeve shirt and long pants

Socks

Chemical-resistant footwear

Chemical-resistant gloves

Coveralls worn over short-sleeve shirt and short pants

Socks

Chemical-resistant footwear

Chemical-resistant gloves

Long-sleeve shirt and long pants

Socks

Shoes

Chemical-resistant gloves

Long-sleeve shirt and long pants

Socks

Shoes

Inhalation toxicity

Respiratory protection device

Respiration protection device

Eye irritation potential

Protective eyewear

Protective eyewear

1If dermal toxicity and skin irritation potential are in different toxicity categories, protection shall be based on the more toxic (lower numbered) category.

The following table lists EPA chemical resistance categories for selected personal protective materials of gloves (Oregon OSHA: http://www.orosha.org/publications/pesticidepubs.html)

Chemical Resistance Categories for Selected Personal Protective Materials

Selection category listed on pesticide label

Type of personal protective material

Barrier laminate

Butyl rubber > 14 mils

Nitrile rubber
>14 mils

Neoprene rubber
>14 mils

Natural rubber >14 mils

Polyethylene

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
> 14 mils

Viton
> 14 mils

A
(dry and water-based)

High

High

High

High

High

High

High

High

B

High

High

Slight

Slight

None

Slight

Slight

Slight

C

High

High

High

High

Moderate

Moderate

High

High

D

High

High

Moderate

Moderate

None

None

None

Slight

E

High

Slight

High

High

Slight

None

Moderate

High

F

High

High

High

Moderate

Slight

None

Slight

High

G

High

Slight

Slight

Slight

None

None

None

High

H

High

Slight

Slight

Slight

None

None

None

High