Demonstration: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

This demonstration illustrates how exposure to pesticides can be significantly reduced by wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
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In an XXL Ziplock Bag:

  • Blue Tyvek Suit
  • Grey Tyvek Boot Covers
  • Chemically Resistant Apron
  • Protective Glasses
  • Respirator
  • Four pair chemically resistant gloves

UV Blue‐ Invisible Fluorescent Dye

"Weed‐Me‐Feed‐Me" - (Grape nuts Cereal coated with UV Blue)

Make‐Up Brush

Black light

Participants that are wearing primarily dark clothing. (It would be helpful if one person was wearing short sleeves, and another was wearing long sleeves. )


The purpose of this demonstration is to illustrate how exposure to pesticides can be significantly reduced to nearly eliminated with the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


Step One:

  • Have one participant put on the blue suit, booties, and gloves
  • Have another participant (preferably someone wearing short sleeves) put on a pair of gloves
  • Have another participant put on only one glove (preferably someone wearing long sleeves)
  • Have one participant put on the safety glasses
  • Have one participant (preferably someone wearing long sleeves and long pants) put on the apron
  • Have one participant with no protective clothing on just carry the box

Step Two:

  • If there is a place close by where they can do a mock "Weed and Feed" application. Have the person carrying the box pour the Weed Eliminator (which is really grape nuts coated with the UVBlue Dye) into the hand held applicator and send the participants out and ask them all to take a turn at making the "application". Have everyone pretend that the applicator gets clogged and the need to unclog it.
  • If there is not a convenient place to do this, place some of the UVBlue power on a paper towel and rub it on the participant's gloves, the suit, a big spot in the middle of the apron and across the forehead of the person wearing the safety glasses.

Step Three:

  • Have the participants stand in the front of the room
  • Turn out the lights and darken the room as much as possible.
  • Have another participant using the black light shine the light on the participants following my instructions.

Step Four:

  • Have all participants wash their hands, forehead and other "exposed" areas