1996-1997 New England Apple Pest Management Guide


 FIELD USE AND CARE OF RESPIRATORS


Wear the label recommended respirator with a filter for powders and an activated charcoal filter for organic vapors. Check the charcoal filter to be sure it is labeled for an organophosphate insecticide you are using. Write the date of first use on the cartridge. Change the filters and cartridges after the number of hours specified, or more often if breathing becomes difficult or if pesticide odor is detected.

The respirator should be fitted properly on the face, not too high on the nose, with narrow portion over the bridge of the nose, and chin cup contacting under side of the chin. Headbands should be adjusted just tight enough to insure a good seal. Manufacturers can supply a special facepiece if the standard one does not fit, or check for a different model that does fit.

Respirators do not provide adequate protection from inhalation of pesticide dust, mist or vapors when mixing pesticide in closed or poorly ventilated areas. Remove filters and cartridges and wash facepiece with soap and warm water after use. After washing, rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of soap. Dry facepiece with clean cloth. Place facepiece in a well-ventilated area to dry. Store respirator, filters, and cartridges in a clean, dry place - preferably in a tightly closed paper or plastic bag.

Other Safety Equipment

Clean, chemically resistant gloves.

Clean, protective clothing, such as rubber apron, coveralls and cap.

Rubber work shoes or boots.

Eye protection.

READ THE LABEL FOR PRESCRIBED SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND PRECAUTIONS!

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1996-1997 New England Apple Pest Management Guide