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How to Choose Eye Protection for Pesticide Use

Read the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Section of Your Pesticide Label

This info is usually at the beginning of the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) section.

Not near your label? Click here to look it up!
Choose Safety Eyewear Style Required by Your Pesticide Label

See our top recommendations for each below.
Best Eye Protection for Pesticide Use by Style
Safety Glasses with Browguards and Temple Protection
Regular safety glasses cannot be worn for pesticide use. However, safety glasses with browguards and temple protection are allowed under the WPS (Worker Protection Standard). These safety glasses are more comfortable and easier to wear with half-mask respirators than goggles, but do not provide as much protection from splashes.

Elvex® Brow-Specs™ Safety Glasses
Vented nose bridge and a cushioned brow guard

3M Maxim GT™ Safety Glasses
Soft, adjustable nose bridge and temples
Goggles provide more protection from splashes, vapors, impact and dust than safety glasses, but are more prone to fogging. Choose goggles with indirect vents and anti-fog lenses to help reduce fogging. Do not choose directly vented goggles or dust goggles with foam seals, which can absorb pesticides and potentially cause chemical burns.

MCR Safety Anti-Fog, Chemical-Splash Goggles
Economical—inexpensive enough to discard when worn out

Sellstrom® Fog-Free, Indirect-Vent Chemical-Splash Goggles
Replaceable lens and headband for long life
Face Shields
Face shields protect the face from splashes and debris and are typically worn while mixing and loading pesticides. For most applications, face shields should not be worn without goggles or safety glasses. Choose face shields with chin guards, which will help protect against splashes from below.

Sellstrom® Lightweight, Lost-Cost Face Shield
12"W X 8"H Free-floating, drop-down headgear with an acetate visor

3M Headgear with Chin Protection
Includes replaceable chin guard. 14-1/2"W X 7"H polycarbonate visor, sold separately
Full-Face Respirators
Full-face respirators have protective eyewear built in, eliminating the need for goggles or safety glasses.

Moldex® 9000 Series Full-Face Respirator
Ultra lightweight with fewer parts—minimal maintenance

3M 6000 Series Full-Face Respirator
Cool Flow™ exhalation valve reduces heat and moisture; soft silicone face shield conforms to face

Exceptions under the WPS (Worker Protection Standard)

Exceptions may be allowed for select applications, such as closed systems and aerial application. Check the pesticide label and the EPA's How to Comply Manual for requirements. For up-to-date WPS requirement changes and information, click here.