Many linemen and utility workers find themselves in need of protection from pests on the job in the warm weather. Even in the northern climates now there is a risk of mosquito and tick-borne diseases (like West Nile Virus). There are different types of protection for exposed skin than for protective garments themselves. It is important to be aware of the differences for maximum safety and protection.
Two options for use in the battle against bothersome pests are permethrin and deet. Permethrin is meant to be used on clothing, while deet is protective on the skin.
Read more on the differences in the use of these two options of pest protection.
See the ArcWear video on the difference in the flame resistance of water-based Permethrin and DEET on a shirt. Note the Permethrin does not afterflame, and the DEET has afterflame onto the face for about 7 seconds. Maybe not life threatening but could be. In our test, we applied the DEET until it was about wet and allowed to dry in the sun for about 30 min.
VA Guidance on possible connection to Gulf War Syndrome is not causal but does recommend not putting both on the skin and not spraying DEET on Permethrin treated clothing. Use the DEET wipes and Permethrin treated clothing for best practice unless you find new info.
This subject and much more are addressed in our Utility Training Video available for rent or purchase to use in training your workers.