Protective Clothing Selection Guide

The following tables should be used to compare fabric characteristics and aid in the selection of the appropriate protective clothing for your application. When choosing a protective coverall for pesticide use, review your label. There should be a signal word (such as Danger, Warning or Caution) located on your pesticide label. These words relate to the toxicity of the chemical. A toxicity class is associated with each signal word, ranging from I to IV, with I (Danger) being the most toxic and IV (Caution) being the least. This chart shows which coveralls are protective against which toxicity class.

Signal Word on Label Toxicity Class Relative Toxicity
"Danger-Poison" or "Danger" I Highly Toxic
"Warning" II Moderately Toxic
"Caution" III Slightly Toxic
"Caution" IV Relatively Non-Toxic

To see which garments are available to protect you against each of the 3 classes that may be listed on your labels, view our drop-down menus below.
Disposable garments for clean-up and low toxicity (class III & IV) pesticides and chemicals

Reusable coated garments for moderately toxic pesticides (up to class II) and chemicals

Liquid-proof Protection for high-toxicity pesticides (Class I)

Material Particulate Protection (Class) Liquid Proof Liquid Chemical Protection Splash Protection (Class) Breathable Disposable
Pro/Shield® 2 (All styles) X-(I)     X-(III) X X
Tyvek® (White & Blue) X-(I)       X X
Kleenguard LP X-(I)     X-(III) X X
Kimberly Clark Repel® X-(I)     X-(III)   X
Tyvek® QC Sewn Seams X-(I)   X-(II) X-(II)    
Tyvek® QC Sewn & Taped Seams X-(I)   X-(II) X-(II)    
Tychem® SL Serged Seams X-(I)   X-(II) X-(I)    
Tychem® SL Sealed Seams X-(I) X-(I) X-(I) X-(I)    
PVC Coverall X-(I) X-(I) X-(I) X-(I)    
PVC Waterproof Suits X-(I) X-(I) X-(I) X-(I)    

Particulate Protection: Offers protection from pesticides in solid form (e.g., granules, dusts, pellets, etc.). The highest recommended Toxicity Class the clothing will protect against is located in parentheses. See Pesticide Toxicity Class Chart (above).

Liquid Proof: The clothing has sealed seams and will not allow liquids to penetrate the material.

Liquid Chemical Protection: The clothing is resistant to many liquid chemicals. Prolonged exposure to certain chemicals may reduce the overall protection of the garment.

Spray/Splash Protection: Provides protection against most sprays, mists and accidental splashes. Clothing that is not liquid proof or chemical resistant should be removed immediately after exposure since there may be a risk of "leak through" into the garment. In situations where the risk of exposure is considerable (e.g., orchard spraying), you may consider a liquid-proof suit. The highest recommended Toxicity Class the clothing will protect against is located in parentheses.

Breathable: Comfort engineered to allow heat and water vapors to escape while holding out most solid particles and some liquid contaminants.

Note: Due to the thousands of pesticide formulations available today, it is impossible to determine whether or not a particular type of clothing will protect against a specific chemical. Therefore, we recommend testing the clothing against the chemical before using.