The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has just came up with a new standard for protective clothing which is directly going to impact agricultural workers, farmers and anyone else who might work with pesticides. What they have essentially done is set up three different levels based on the potential for contamination:
- Level 1: The potential risk of contamination is relatively low. The performance requirements for level 1 garments have been developed in view of low spray drift landing on the operator, e.g. from tractor boom sprayers
- Level 2: the potential risk of contamination is higher but not so high as to require the use of liquid-tight materials
- Level 3: the potential risk of contamination requires use of garments made with liquid-tight materials. This level is suitable for high-exposure scenarios where it has been determined that garments that prevent liquids from penetrating/permeating provide adequate protection.
Says Helmut Eichinger, Chair of ISO/TC94/SC 13: “ISO 27065:2011 will help pesticide users to be better protected and improve quality and performances of protective clothing, as well put safer protective clothing on the market. It will also contribute to reducing the risk to occupational health for operators and workers who use liquid pesticides.”
Find out more on the ISO website at: http://www.iso.org/iso/pressrelease.htm?refid=Ref1446