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PPE Surveillance in Agricultural

Pesticide Handlers- FY10

NOTE: This page is archived for historical purposes and is no longer being maintained or updated.

Current Information can be found at: PPE Surveillance in Agricultural Pesticide Handlers - FY11


  • To understand PPE practices and barriers among agricultural pesticide handlers (PH)and their employers over time.
  • To use that information to develop interventions addressing PPE barriers to best practices.
  • Note: Practices and barriers to practices include categories related to appropriate/inappropriate use and proper use/misuse.

Applicable Standards

  • 40 CFR 170.170.7, 170.240(c), 170.232 (a)(2), 170.230.b.1
  • 40 CFR 171, 40CFR 156
  • 29 CFR 1928, 29CFR 1910.132-1910.136, & 1910.138
  • State -specific PPE regulations

Key Partners

  • State Cooperative Extension Services, Departments of Health, and Agriculture: WA, PA, AZ, FL, OR, NC, IA
  • NIOSH Ag Centers -PNASH
  • PPE Manufactures


  • Agricultural Pesticide Handlers (mix/load/apply pesticides)
  • Employers of agricultural pesticide handlers

Project Scope

  • This large multiyear project is now (FY10) in the informative phase. We are developing partnerships to help us in all phases of the project from development to intervention.


  • Q1: Gathering data:
    • Work with WESTAT on NAWS & SENSOR
    • Work with RAND on OSHA/EPA enforcement data
  • Q2: Work on OR OSHA data
  • Q3: Outreach efforts: Partners and Stakeholders
    • Develop partnerships to identify PPE concerns in PH
    • Develop FLYER and PPE hotline for PH and their employers
  • Q4: Complete reporting on NAWS, SENSOR, CA PISP & OR OSHA


  • 3 Posters for NIOSH Agricultural Sector Meeting, ASHCA, AIHce
  • 2 Posters for NPPTL stakeholder meeting
  • Invited Presentation for Annual Oregon Pesticide Inspector's Forum
  • Bilingual PPE Hotline for pesticide handlers and employers
  • Flyer (English and Spanish) & Guidance document for stakeholders
  • 4 Reports (NAWS, SENSOR, CA PISP, OR OSHA ) and 1 publication summarizing applicable PPE regulations


  • By identifying barriers we will inform the development of interventions including training materials, which in turn may improve PPE practices by reducing PPE barriers to best practices. Understanding PPE practices may improve employer policies, reduce exposures to workers and their families; and reduce pesticide illnesses, including cancer and other diseases.
Page last updated: April 5, 2010
Page last reviewed: April 5, 2010
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
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