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Laughlin, J. M., Easley, C. B., Gold, R. E., and Hill, R. M., "Fabric Parameters and Pesticide Characteristics That Impact on Dermal Exposure of Applicators," Performance of Protective Clothing, ASTMSTP 900, R. L. Barker and G. C. Coletta, Eds., American Society for Testing and Materials, Philadelphia, 1986, pp. 136-150.


Copyright 1986 by ASTM International. Used by permission.


Fabric functional finish and formulation of pesticides are factors that contribute to pesticide wicking, wetting, and penetration. Fluorocarbon soil-repellent finishes inhibit contamination of the fabric and of sentinel pads. An undergarment layer offers better protection than does a single layer. Spun-bonded olefin offers protection of the same magnitude as soil-repellent finishes. Methyl parathion residues after laundering were similar for the unfinished fabric, the durable-press finished fabric, and the soil-repellent finished fabric, but the initial contamination of the soil-repellent finished fabric was only 20~ of that of the other two fabrics.