It is now recognised that pesticide residues on the external surfaces of sprayers could present a significant route of exposure for the spray operator and these residues exist despite sprayers being washed. The current study was undertaken to examine factors influencing the removal of residues from sprayer surfaces, to trial any developments on decontamination techniques on working farms, and to quantify operator exposure to pesticides during the actual washing process.
This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.
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