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The wearing of additional protective clothing has to be viewed in the overall context of recommendations for the safe and effective use of pesticides. In hot climates, the wearing of such protective clothing is more problematical than in temperate climates because of the heat and stress factors involved. Materials that make up protective clothing need to be comfortable to the wearer in a hot climate and also be protective to a variety of pesticide formulations. These materials should also be available at low cost for use in developing countries. The range of potentially acceptable materials, their availability, wearer acceptability, and performance in the field is reviewed in this paper.
Protective clothing should be designed according to the requirements of the situation, for example, for workers handling concentrated formulations or when spraying diluted solutions. More research into the problems in hot climates is needed, and the direction of this effort is discussed at the conclusion of this paper.
protective clothing, pesticide exposure, pesticide formulations, spraying, hot climates, agricultural workers, developing countries, clothing materials, designs, costs, comfort, hygiene, attitudes, training
Product stewardship, ICI Plant Protection Division, Fernhurst, Haslemere, Surrey,