Whenever we talk about using pesticides we
always encourage that you use proper PPE, or proper Personal Protective Equipment. Now, it’s important to understand that different
parts of the body have different absorption rates when it comes to pesticides. For example, if we consider the forearm as
a baseline of one and then we look at other parts of the body, our forehead and scalp
are going to be closer to an absorption rate of four, meaning they are four times as absorptive
as the forearm. The ear canal, for example, is five and a
half times as absorptive as your forearm. And the most absorptive part of your body,
with regards to pesticides, is going to be your groin area. So, think about this as you are considering
which PPE to use. Now, most labels require a minimum of a long-sleeved
shirt, long pants, socks and shoes, and some kind of pesticide resistant glove. Now, this does not mean that you couldn’t
use more PPE. There’s other options such as Tyvek suits,
chemical resistant aprons, and so on that you can use that can add further protection,
especially to protect some of these highly absorptive parts of your body. This is especially important during any kind
of mixing activities with pesticides as there is a higher risk of them splashing onto your
body. So, as you read the label and plan your next
pesticide application, ensure that you have the proper PPE available. This has been Caleb Carter with the University
of Wyoming Extension and you’re watching From the Ground Up.