Dicofol exposure to Florida citrus applicators: Effects of protective clothing

  • H. N. Nigg
  • J. H. Stamper
  • R. M. Queen


Mixer-loaders and applicators of the pesticide dicofol in Florida citrus groves were monitored for exposure. Alpha-cellulose pads were placed inside and outside regular work clothing. When protective suits were in use, pads were also placed outside the suit. Dicofol accumulation rates were measured when gloves and/or facemasks were worn. Hand rinses were collected. Results showed that an ungloved, normally attired applicator reduced his total dermal exposure 38% by wearing a disposable Tyvek® protective suit, 27% by wearing gloves, and 65% by wearing both. Suits reduced total dermal exposure by 40% for mixer-loaders, but the use of gloves led to an exposure increase, probably because the inside of the gloves became contaminated.


Waste Water Water Management Water Pollution Accumulation Rate Protective Clothing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. N. Nigg
    • 1
  • J. H. Stamper
    • 1
  • R. M. Queen
    • 1
  1. 1.Citrus Research and Education CenterUniversity of Florid, Institute of Food and Agricultural SciencesLake Alfred

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