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
|| Relative Toxicity
|"Danger-Poison" or "Danger"
for clean-up and low toxicity (class III & IV) pesticides and chemicals
garments for moderately toxic pesticides (up to class II) and
Protection for high-toxicity pesticides (Class 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.