SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1988

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


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.

Author Information

Rucker, M
Division of Textiles and Clothing, University of California, Davis, CA
Grieshop, J
University of California, Davis, CA
Peters, A
Division of Textiles and Clothing, University of California, Davis, CA
Hansen, H
University of California, Davis, CA
Frankie, G
University of California, Davis, CA
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Developed by Committee: F23
Pages: 788–795
DOI: 10.1520/STP26347S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5058-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1167-7