For the professional or the DIY homeowner – here’s how to protect yourself when spraying herbicides or insecticides. The appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
7/19/18 – Matt Rohman
Below is a very broad overview based on products and methods we or the homeowner are likely to use – ALWAYS READ THE PRODUCT LABEL TO DETERMINE THE CORRECT PROTECTIVE GEAR YOU NEED.
- Long pants
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Safety Glasses
- This has more to do with protecting your eyes from low tree branches than spray. You’ll be paying attention to the ground and you will hit stuff with your head!
- Waterproof gloves (the higher they go up your arm the better)
- Waterproof shoe covers
- Waterproof hiking boots may “work” but 1) to take them off after spraying, your hands will likely come into contact with the chemical sprayed (laces, etc.) and 2) a lot of herbicides stink. If you spray your lawn then walk through it your hiking boots will smell like herbicide.
- A waterproof apron
- A face shield
when handling and mixing concentrates.
We’ve never had a safety-related incident since we started in 1980.