PPE Available for Agricultural Workers in Santa Barbara and San Diego Counties

  • Sep 30, 2020

The Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office has a variety of personal protection equipment (PPE) currently available to assist members of the agricultural industry. Supplies are limited and availability is temporary.

  • N95 masks are available for outdoor agricultural workers due to poor air quality caused by wildfires.
  • N95 masks for pesticide handlers are available due to PPE shortages.
  • Surgical and cloth masks are available for agricultural workers to help prevent the spread of infection or illness. The surgical/cloth masks are not suitable for pesticide use.
  • Medium and large vinyl gloves are available for agricultural workers to help prevent the spread of infection or illness. The gloves are not suitable for pesticide use.

If you are in need of the above-noted PPE, please call one of the offices listed below. You will need to provide the name of the business, the number of agricultural workers or pesticide handlers, the type of masks needed and for what required use. A pick up time will be assigned, as the offices are currently closed to the public. Recipients are encouraged to bring a container in which to carry the supplies.

  • Santa Barbara office — 805.681.5600
  • Santa Maria office — 805.934.6200
  • Buellton office — 805.688.5331

The County of San Diego Department of Agriculture, Weights & Measures also has N95 respirators available for agricultural pesticide applicators and handlers, as well as agricultural workers affected by dust/smoke from the wildfires.

The N95 particulate respirators are:

  • For businesses that apply pesticides for agriculture and businesses that produce an agricultural commodity (must have Operator ID)
  • Limited to 200 per agricultural business

Additional PPE available includes hand sanitizer bottles, vinyl and nitrile disposable gloves and cloth face coverings. Supplies will be available October 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the North Inland Live Well Center located at 649 W. Mission Avenue in Escondido. No appointments are necessary and supplies will be picked up via drive through. Recipients are advised to estimate their PPE needs for three months and provide that number to staff when picking up the items.

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