Although pesticides (herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides) are important to crop management, they are potentially dangerous chemicals; follow proper safety measures to minimize your exposure.

How pesticides enter the body

1. Skin and Eyes

  • the main source of exposure
  • from splashes, spills, or sprays

2. Mouth

  • eating, drinking, or smoking without washing properly

3. Nose

  • breathing fumes, mist, or dust

Minimum level of protection

The minimum level of protection required for working with dilute, less toxic or granular pesticides is made up of the following:

Hard hat

  • wide brimmed, no leather liner


  • cloth or disposable
  • wear closed at neck, over long-sleeved shirt and full-length pants


  • unlined, nitrile, or neoprene
  • cuff gloves and wear sleeves over gloves


  • neoprene overboots or high rubber boots
  • wear pants outside of boots

Extra protection

The extra protection you should have on for mixing, loading and handling pesticide concentrates – especially highly toxic pesticides – is made up of the following:

  • goggles or face shield
  • ear plugs
  • respirator coveralls that are chemically resistant
  • waterproof apron

Do not wear:

  • baseball caps
  • leather or cloth gloves
  • leather or cloth shoes or boots
  • natural rubber or plastic gloves
  • wrist watch
  • leather belt
  • contact lenses

Alberta Farm Safety Program
or toll-free: 310-FARM (3276)