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Agricultural Science Digest, volume 37 issue 4 (december 2017) : 263-269

Development of protective clothing for agricultural workers 

Punam Rani, Neelam Pruthi, Saroj S. Jeet Singh
1Department of Fashion and Apparel Design, Galaxy Global Group of Institutions, Dinarpur, Ambala-133 102, Haryana, India.
Cite article:- Rani Punam, Pruthi Neelam, Singh Jeet S. Saroj (2017). Development of protective clothing for agricultural workers. Agricultural Science Digest. 37(4): 263-269. doi: 10.18805/ag.D-4458.
Farm workers are exposed to pesticide vapours and organic dust during various farm activities which may leads to many health problems. To minimize health hazards protective clothes were designed with reference to fabric and functional features. Designed protective clothing was given to twenty five farm workers involved in pesticide application and forty farm workers (25 males and 15 females) engaged in threshing activity, for a period of one month to access their suitability and acceptability. On the basis of suitability and acceptability recommended protective clothing for pesticide applicators were jacket with hood and pyjama of water proof fabric (having lining of cotton hosiery fabric), Chemical Resistant mask, Glasses/goggles, Nitrile gloves and Sports shoes. For threshing activity recommended protective clothing were : apron with hood and full sleeves with elasticized cuffs (elastic in  two rows),Pleated mask / beak mask, Glasses/goggles ,Sports shoes, Mittens/gloves (for male) and  for female :  Kameez with full sleeves preferably elasticized cuffs or apron, hood mask/scarf mask ,glasses/goggles, sports shoes, mittens/gloves.
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