Studies have shown that during spraying, operators cannot completely avoid exposure to the chemicals which they are applying. This exposure can occur during any of the many activities involved in the spraying operation.
The exposure can involve contact with pesticide vapors and aerosols, the concentrated pesticide formulation in a liquid, granular, or powder form and the spray mixture itself. The worker can absorb chemical into the body through the skin, eyes, respiratory (breathing) or digestive system (swallowing).
Studies have shown that good personal hygiene practices reduce the risk of long-term health effects.
Author/Organization: Agricultural Health and Safety Network