Pesticide Information and Attitudes Toward Chemical Protective Clothing Among Urban Pesticide Users

    Published: Jan 1988

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    The objective of this project was to obtain data on the attitudes and practices of urban users of pesticides, especially as they related to protective clothing and use of pesticide labels for information on safety precautions. Results of a mail survey indicated that over one-fourth of the sample experienced health problems associated with pesticides and about 5% were serious enough to require professional help. The survey and followup interviews suggested that ‘many consumers are disinclined to use any protective gear for home use of pesticides or give special care to clothing worn when applying pesticides. Reasons for these attitudes included perceived protection by government, little danger in low dosages, and the expenses and possible social ridicule involved in use of special gear. Problems in using pesticide lables for safety information included the high volume of badly organized information, technical jargon including the signal words, and spillage obliterating the instructions.


    household pesticide application, protective clothing, household pesticide labels

    Author Information:

    Rucker, M
    Associate professor, Division of Textiles and Clothing, University of California, Davis, CA

    Grieshop, J
    Lecturer and community education specialist, University of California, Davis, CA

    Peters, A
    Staff research assistant, Division of Textiles and Clothing, University of California, Davis, CA

    Hansen, H
    Graduate student, University of California, Davis, CA

    Frankie, G
    Professor, University of California, Davis, CA

    Paper ID: STP26347S

    Committee/Subcommittee: F23.96

    DOI: 10.1520/STP26347S

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