Why wear PPE when exposed to pesticides?

Mar 22, 2024

In the world of pest control safeguarding human health is essential. Effective pest control goes hand in hand with prioritizing the safety of your team members and clients. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) offers a shield against potential risks. Let’s explore the important role of PPE.

Shielding Against Harmful Agents

Pests embody more than just a nuisance; they serve as vectors for diseases and carriers of allergens. Rodents, insects, and the chemicals used in treatments all pose significant health risks. PPE serves as the frontline defence against these threats.

Protective Clothing: A Barrier Against Contact

Coveralls, a staple in pest management attire, serve as a physical barrier, shielding the body from direct contact with pests and chemicals. These garments not only protect against bites and scratches but also safeguard against potential chemical exposure during treatments.

Masks: Filtering Out Airborne Threats

Respiratory protection is crucial in environments that contain dust, mould spores, or airborne chemicals. Masks, especially respirators equipped with appropriate filtration, mitigate the risk of inhaling hazardous particles. They are crucial during treatment applications and when navigating pest-infested areas.

Protective Gloves: Safeguarding Hands from Contamination

Hands, instrumental in pest management tasks, are vulnerable to exposure. Protective gloves provide a crucial barrier against direct contact with pests or chemicals, reducing the risk of skin irritation, allergic reactions, or chemical absorption. Their importance in maintaining hand hygiene and safety cannot be overstated.

Protective Boots: Securing Footwear for Hazardous Environments

Navigating diverse terrain, from damp basements to unkempt landscapes, demands sturdy footwear. Protective boots offer not just comfort but stability and protection. With reinforced soles and waterproof materials, they shield against slips, falls, and exposure to pests or chemicals present on the ground.

If there’s a possibility of pesticide coming into contact with the lower legs, it’s essential to wear chemical-resistant boots that cover the ankles and extend at least halfway up the calf.


Chemical-resistant gloves and footwear should not be worn when handling certain fumigants.These items can inadvertently trap fumigant gas close to the skin, leading to potential burns. As with any pesticide, fumigant labels outline the necessary PPE to safeguard the applicator from exposure.

Your Role in Safety

We urge you to prioritize safety on your premises. By adhering to our recommendations and guidelines, you contribute to creating a safer environment for both your team members and your property.

In conclusion, Personal Protective Equipment isn’t just gear; it’s your shield against potential hazards in the pest management landscape. From protective clothing to masks, gloves, and boots, each component plays a pivotal role in ensuring the safety and well-being of everyone involved. At PES Africa, safety is non-negotiable, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to excellence in both pest control and occupational health