Bug Scout 1983
Pesticide Cover-up Good for Health
(Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University)
Safety with pesticides is important, but don't you think the suit of armor is going a bit far?
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April 16, 1983

Farmers handle more pesticides during the spring and summer months than at any other time during the year.  More handling of pesticides means more exposure and more potential for accidents.

You can minimize pesticide accidents by following these suggestions.
- Do not smoke or eat while applying pesticides.
- Mix pesticides carefully to avoid splashing.
- Avoid breaks in pesticide containers.
- Wash with soap and water after using pesticides and launder clothes before wearing again.
- War protective equipment as prescribed on the label.

Remember that the use of common sense around pesticides is good advice.  Many government officials will tell you that suggesting a "cover up" is bad advice.  However, when handling pesticides the smart farmer will "cover up" every chance he gets!
    

by Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University

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