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PPE Surveillance in Agricultural

Pesticide Handlers- FY12

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


  • To assess the correctness of PPE practices* among agricultural pesticide handlers (PH) and PH employers and patterns of practices over time
  • To identify barriers to best PPE practices* and factors that motivate best practices
  • To design, implement and evaluate interventions that target identified barriers and motivating factors

Applicable Standards

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

Key Partners

  • EPA, OSHA, USDA, and Oregon OSHA
  • State Cooperative Extension Services, Departments of Health, and Agriculture: WA, PA, AZ, FL, OR, NC, IA
  • Departments of Health and Agriculture
  • NIOSH Ag Centers –PNASH and NYCAMPH
  • PPE Manufacturers
  • Gemplers and Oxarc
  • East Carolina University


  • Agricultural pesticide handlers, employers/supervisors, manufacturers, supliers, educators, regulators, and standards organizations

Project Scope

  • This five-year project (FY10-15) uses surveillance, research and intervention to improve worker health. Methods are two-pronged involving scientific studies and national stakeholder collaborations


  • Q1: Organization and kickoff of the National Pesticide PPE Training Solutions Committee (NTSC) and the National 2011-2012 Pesticide PPE Seminar Series
  • Q2: Stakeholder Meeting Pestiide Handler Sector breakouts and workshop
  • Q3: Finallize draft survey, submit IRB approval package for survey testing, and recruit volunteer to test the survey
  • Q4: Pilot test and finalize survey on practices, barriers and motivativators and initiate contract to administer the survey


  • NIOSH led 2 NTSC meetings
  • Two new reports on barriers and solutons to poor PPE practices
  • National Best Pesticide PPE Training Tehniques Workshop and DVD
  • Four presentations at national/regional meetings (2 invited)
  • Currennltly fulfilled 6 new requests to the Bilingual Pesticide PPE Hotline
  • Revised Hotine Flyer (English and Spanish)
  • One PPE exhibit at trade shows
  • New fumigation PPE exhibit
  • Five national seminars on PPE and disseminated live meeting recordings
  • 1,200 active stakeholder partners (includes significant expansion outside of Agricultural)
  • Finalized survey; contract to administer te survey


  • Improved pesticide PPE safety training and increased sharing of resources nationally, leading to improved PPE rpactices and reduced pesticide exposure and related illnesses
Page last updated: April 17, 2012
Page last reviewed: April 17, 2012
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory