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EPA issues final agricultural protective apparel ruling.

On August 21, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule that will require employers to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to any employee who handles, works with or otherwise comes in contact with pesticides as a part of their work. This ruling should have a major impact on the nonwovens industry.

While the rule does not require that single use protective apparel be used, it does contain certain cleaning and maintenance provisions that could encourage the use of nonwovens over reusables. For instance, employers must ensure that protective apparel is in good condition and is free of contamination before each use.

Moreover, the final rule requires employers to comply with pesticide manufacturer specifications that "chemical-resistant" and/or "waterproof" protective apparel be used when handling certain types of pesticides. These requirements could also encourage the use of nonwovens. (A complete review of the ruling and its implications will be covered in next month's Capital Comments column.)
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Title Annotation:Environmental Protection Agency requires personal protective equipment for employees who work with pesticides
Publication:Nonwovens Industry
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Oct 1, 1992
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