Florida Worker Reentry Programs.
NIOSH 1976 May:4 pages
Worker reentry programs in Florida were described and discussed. In order to improve the safety of and reduce the risk to farm workers, the Florida State Legislature created various environmental programs in 1973 with special funds to find ways to minimize the adverse environmental impact of agricultural technology. Basic research was being conducted in the area of safe reentry to the fields after the application of these chemicals. Correct sample handling was an important aspect of this research. The author recommends that the biological samples be processed quickly, without freezing, to gather worker reentry residue data. Oxon metabolites of the organophosphates may contribute significantly to harvester illnesses. In field studies it was determined that abnormal residue levels and unusual residue compositions have been found in areas where harvester illnesses have occurred. A modeling approach may be used to identify factors leading to oxon production and extended residue life. Feedback was sought from migrant groups and persons dealing with agricultural labor. The future plans included the monitoring of professional pickers who reenter groves at the legal reentry time to determine if the present standards are indeed safe.
Insecticides; Agricultural-chemicals; Agricultural-workers; Safety-practices; Pest-control; Sampling-methods;
Pesticide Residue Hazards to Farm Workers