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Respiratory Protection for WPS-Labeled Pesticides: Reading Between & Beyond the Lines (Protección respiratoria para plaguicidas con etiqueta WPS: leyendo entre líneas y aún más allá Jueves)

Respiratory Protection for WPS-Labeled Pesticides: Reading Between & Beyond the Lines (Protección respiratoria para plaguicidas con etiqueta WPS: leyendo entre líneas y aún más allá Jueves)

*Presented in English with simultaneous translation available in Spanish*
*Presentado en inglés con traducción simultánea disponible en español*

This session is being offered for pesticide users who need to gain a better understanding of the types of respirators pesticide users should wear as well as understanding the importance of only using The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-approved respirators. Additionally, attendees will also learn the below safety elements:

  • how to identify required respiratory protection from the pesticide label
  • purifying elements for air-purifying respirators and gas masks
  • use limitations and service time including when adjuvants are added to pesticide mix
  • the importance of reading and following the respirator manufacturer Instruction and Maintenance Manual

When respiratory protection is required, it will be found in the precautionary statements of the pesticide label. Respiratory protection required by the label is product- and task-specific; and specified based on the anticipated respiratory hazards, phase, and concentration of contaminants in the breathing zone during use. EPA’s risk assessment assumes that each respirator user of tight-fitting facepiece respirators has been fit tested according to legal standards. This session will highlight medical evaluation of respirator users; use of tight-fitting respirators; respirator training for occupational users of pesticides; proper use of respirators in pesticide-contaminated areas; and care and maintenance of respirators.

Esta sesión se ofrece a quienes usan pesticidas, y que necesitan comprender mejor los tipos de respiradores que los usuarios de pesticidas deben usar, así como entender la importancia de usar solamente respiradores aprobados por El Instituto Nacional de Seguridad y Salud Ocupacional (NIOSH por su sigla en inglés). Además, los participantes aprenderán los siguientes elementos de seguridad:

  • cómo identificar en la etiqueta del pesticida la protección respiratoria requerida
  • elementos purificadores para respiradores purificadores de aire y máscaras de gas
  • limitaciones de uso y tiempo de servicio, incluso cuando se agregan adyuvantes a la mezcla de plaguicidas
  • importancia de leer y seguir el Manual de instrucciones y mantenimiento del fabricante del respirador

Cuando se requiere protección respiratoria, esta se puede encontrar en las declaraciones de precaución de la etiqueta del pesticida. La protección respiratoria requerida por la etiqueta es específica del producto y la tarea; y específica sobre la base de los peligros respiratorios previstos, fase y concentración de los contaminantes en la zona respiratoria durante el uso. La evaluación de riesgos de la Agencia para la Protección Ambiental (EPA por su sigla en inglés) supone que cada persona que use un respirador del tipo de respiradores ajustados de la pieza facial se pruebe de acuerdo con los estándares legales. En esta sesión se destacará la evaluación médica de los usuarios de respiradores; el uso de respiradores ajustados; la capacitación sobre respiradores para los usuarios ocupacionales de pesticidas; el uso adecuado de respiradores en zonas contaminadas con pesticidas; y el cuidado y mantenimiento de los respiradores.

- Patricia Hastings

Pat has served as the Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) Coordinator for New Jersey for Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station since 2007, having first joined Rutgers Cooperative Extension in 1999 as a Program Associate in Pest Management.

Prior to joining Rutgers, Pat served as a senior environmental consultant to EPA in regional and national Superfund programs. She managed the EPA Environmental Response Team’s national training facility in Edison, NJ. She also co-developed and team-taught the first 40-hour hazardous materials emergency responder course in the US.

Pat se ha desempeñado como Coordinadora del Programa de Educación sobre Seguridad de Plaguicidas de Extensión (PSEP por su sigla en inglés) para Nueva Jersey para la Estación Experimental Agrícola de Rutgers Nueva Jersey desde 2007, y se unió por primera vez a Extensión Cooperativa de Rutgers en 1999 como Asociada de Programa en Manejo de Plagas.

Antes de unirse a Rutgers, Pat se desempeñó como consultora ambiental principal de la EPA en programas Superfund regionales y nacionales. Ella administró la instalación de capacitación nacional del Equipo de Respuesta Ambiental de la EPA en Edison, Nueva Jersey. También co-desarrolló y enseñó en el primer curso de 40 horas sobre respuesta a emergencias de materiales peligrosos en Estados Unidos.


This webinar is free of charge and open to all extension educators, regulators, agencies and centers,
clinicians, industry, commodity groups and other organizations interested in the topic. The webinar will be recorded and posted on along with all other resource materials.

Part of the Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training (PACT) webinar series. The 2020 PACT biennial meeting funded through a Cooperative Agreement between Michigan State University (MSU) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19.

The PACT Planning Committee did a great job developing a comprehensive and engaging agenda with several topics that are extremely relevant to COVID-19. As a result, the MSU–EPA Cooperative Agreement will be delivering a series of webinars based on PACT topics over this next year. This provides a unique opportunity for extension educators and other stakeholders to gain knowledge and benefit from the robust agenda developed by the Planning Committee.

The goal of PACT is to improve implementation of Certification of Pesticide Applicators Rule (40CFR171) and the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Revision (40 CFR170) by state and tribal pesticide programs. This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement X8-83927401 to Michigan State University. Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) and the National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC) are sub-awardees on the grant.

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