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How to Wash Pesticide Contaminated Clothing

How to Wash Pesticide Contaminated Clothing

The EPA has issued guidelines for pesticide safety including for washing work clothes. Proper washing is important to minimize physical contact and prevent others from becoming accidentally exposed.

  • Always keep work clothes separate from your non-work or family’s clothes.
  • Always wash work clothes separately to prevent cross contamination.
  • Wash a few items at a time and use the largest water-level setting.
  • Use a heavy-duty detergent and hot water for the wash cycle.
  • Rinse your work clothes twice in warm water to help remove even more pesticide residue.
  • For moderate to heavily contaminated clothing wash twice or two complete machine cycles.
  • Whenever possible, line dry your clothing outside to prevent your clothes dryer from becoming contaminated over time with pesticide residue.
  • Before doing non-work or family laundry, run your washing machine empty, without clothing, but with detergent and hot water to help assure that the washing machine is clean from pesticides.

As of January 2, 2017, the EPA Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) requires employers to provide protections to workers and handlers from potential pesticide exposure. Pesticide safety training is part of the requirement.

Certified Training Institute has partnered with Mississippi State University to bring the highest quality pesticide education to the entire nation. This training is designed to help you comply with the new regulations.

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