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If glyphosate-based herbicides are so safe, why do people applying it wear so much protective equipment?

Category: Herbicide Operations

Protective equipment is used as a precautionary measure to minimize exposure. Glyphosate-based herbicides have a very low innate toxicity to humans, limiting exposure still makes sense as an extra precautionary measure.

Individuals who mix, load or apply glyphosate products are those with the greatest potential exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides. As noted in other sections of this document, risk is a function of both the innate toxicity (hazard) of the herbicide and exposure. Although glyphosate-based herbicides have a very low innate toxicity to humans, limiting exposure still makes sense as an extra precautionary measure. When mixing or loading glyphosate products, closed systems are utilized to minimize such exposures and individuals involved in these operations are directed to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) through conditions of the label.