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HSE announces new arrangements for the use of gloves in worker re-entry

Background

For workers re-entering treated crops, dermal contact with foliar residues is a potential route of exposure. Currently HSE assumes worker’s hands are bare when assessing potential exposures as the use of gloves has not previously been used as a risk mitigation option/condition of use further to Article 31(2) of 1107/2009′

What is changing?

For workers re-entering treated crops in some situations, HSE now consider that wearing “splash resistant single use” (SRSU) gloves for re-entry work will provide suitable protection from exposure to pesticide residues. The standard of gloves stipulated by HSE are those described in Complex Design/ Conformité Européene (CE) category III, and which meet at least glove safety standard EN374-2:2003, Level 2. A Protection Factor (PF) of 5 can be applied to the Transfer Co-efficient (TC) relating to hands.

In applying a condition for the use of gloves, HSE will consider information provided to demonstrate the practicability and feasibility of wearing SRSU gloves under the specific circumstances surrounding the proposed use. Applicants are invited to provide this information when making an application for authorisation or seeking a change to an existing authorisation.

Scope

This refinement option relates to UK product authorisations only.

For the full HSE Regulatory Update (no. 24/2014), visit www.pesticides.gov.uk/guidance/industries/pesticides/News/Collected-Updates/Reg-Updates-2014/December/PPE-gloves-reg-up-2014.

JSC can advise Applicants on implementation of this welcome addition to risk assessment mitigation. Contact us on enquiries@jsci.co.uk or call on +44 (0)1423 520245.

Published 4th December 2014
Categories Agrochemicals, Legislation, News
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