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The Pro-Val range of PPE products from RCR International has pest managers covered from top to toe.

“Wearing the proper protective clothing and equipment is just as important as using the right machine for the job. Those who properly wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when applying pesticides reduce the chance of exposure and the risk of pesticide poisoning,” said Scott Beel, national sales and marketing manager RCR International.

Manufacturers of pesticides must list PPE requirements on the pesticide label.

Examples of PPE requirements

  • If there is risk of pesticide coming into contact with feet, wear unlined neoprene or rubber boots.
  • If there is any chance of being sprayed, wear liquid-proof, chemical resistant coveralls. To protect the head wear a hooded coverall or wide-brimmed liquid-proof hat.
  • If mixing, loading, or handling undiluted pesticides, wear a chemical- resistant apron over cloth coveralls.
  • If there is risk of coming in contact with the eyes, wear eye protection.
  • If there is risk of breathing in pesticide vapours, spray particles or dust, wear a respirator designed for pesticides.


“Hands should always be protected whenever handling any kind of undiluted or diluted pesticides, unopened or empty pesticide containers, contaminated equipment, clothing and other materials. Do not wear cotton gloves because they do not provide protection against pesticides, or leather gloves as they cannot be properly cleaned,” added Mr Beel.

NiteSafe disposable gloves offer outstanding strength, dexterity and comfort with a broad range of chemical resistance. The gloves are strong and extra stretchy with an excellent barrier where there is greater risk of puncture.

Nitegreen 15 is a high quality nitrile glove, flock lined to absorb perspiration. Strong and durable, these gloves provide excellent resistance to a wide range of chemicals, and provide protection against abrasion and snags. For an even longer nitrile glove try the Nitrile 46s, these gloves are extra-long 46cm in length for protection up to the elbow.

Specialised protective clothing

“Chemical resistant clothing should be worn during mixing, loading, or other handling of undiluted pesticides, or when there is a chance of contacting sprays or dusts during application.

“The protection offered by chemical resistant clothing also depends upon the fabric and design features, such as flaps over zippers, elastic at the wrist and ankle, and bound or sealed seams.

“A chemical resistant hood or wide-brimmed hat will help keep pesticides off the neck, eyes, mouth and face. With airblast spraying, covering the head and neck is especially critical.

“Three factors affect a material’s chemical resistance: the chemical breakthrough time, condition of the chemical resistant material and the type of chemical resistance,” he added.

Hazguard MP5 Disposable Coverall (pictured above) is a water resistant coverall, made from breathable microporous fabric with stitched seams for extra strength. The coveralls have a fully elastic hood, waist, ankles and wrists with self-adhesive zip flap.

Hazguard SMS is a triple layer coverall made from non-woven polypropylene, meltblown and spunbond. This triple layer matrix acts like a filter to keep out smaller particles. The cover all is water resistant and lightweight, but with added strength and tear resistance due to its triple layer construction. The coveralls have a fully elastic hood, waist, ankles and wrists with self-adhesive zip flap with stitched seams for extra strength.