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Use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) reduces pesticide exposure, enhancing the health and safety of individuals. A needs assessment survey was conducted to assist in the development and evaluation of protective clothing that will meet the needs of workers in India. A mail-in survey and follow-up interviews were conducted to obtain information regarding: types of pesticides manufactured, types of clothing worn by workers, laundering procedures, and socio-psychological and economic factors affecting the type of clothing used by workers in pesticide manufacturing plants. Results of the study indicate that cotton and cotton/polyester fabrics are used for pants/shirt and coveralls worn by male workers in pesticide manufacturing plants. Generally, females are not employed in pesticide manufacturing units. A majority of the respondents stated that protective gear is issued by the company to the workers. However, the extent to which they are actually used is questionable. A majority of the companies use on-site and/or contractual laundering facilities. Most of the respondents rated the need for protective clothing for workers exposed to pesticide as high or very high.
protective clothing, pesticide, needs assessment survey, India
University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Maryland