SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1988

Development and Testing of Protective Clothing for Lawn-Care Specialists


The objective of this study was to develop protective clothing for lawn-care specialists and to test the effectiveness of the clothing as a barrier to pesticides in comparison with the regular company uniform. Six volunteers, three wearing the experimental protective clothing and three the company uniform, sprayed a field dilution of Dursban 4E while carrying out regular work activities on each of two test days. Volunteers served as their own controls, wearing a different clothing treatment on the two days. Protective clothing consisted of a cotton/polyester, long-sleeve knit shirt with woven yoke overlay and work pants lined with a microporous film laminate in the lower legs and abdominal area. Urinary excretion of the metabolite 3,5,6-TCP, standardized on the basis of creatinine concentration, measured pesticide absorption. Data indicated that the protective clothing significantly reduced the amount of pesticide absorbed relative to the regular uniform.

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Slocum, AC
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Nolan, RJ
Health and Environmental Sciences, The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI
Shern, LC
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Gay, SL
Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA
Turgeon, AJ
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
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Developed by Committee: F23
Pages: 557–564
DOI: 10.1520/STP26322S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5058-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1167-7