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A story of impact: NIOSH pesticide poisoning monitoring program protects farmworkers.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2012-108, 2011 Dec; :1-2
NIOSHTIC No.
20040036
Abstract
In 2005, three migrant farmworkers living in the same region of Florida gave birth to infants with birth defects within eight weeks of each other. Though suspected, the possibility of workplace pesticide exposure during the maximum sensitivity period of their pregnancies was not initially confirmed because one of the three women had not been working in Florida during this period. The SENSOR-Pesticides Program facilitated collaboration between states that revealed that the three mothers worked for the same tomato grower during their maximum sensitivity periods - two at the grower's Florida operations and one in North Carolina. Thorough investigation was not able to establish a causal link between the mothers' possible workplace pesticide exposure and their infants' birth defects. However, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services inspected the tomato grower's farms and found several pesticide and record keeping violations. Later, North Carolina created a taskforce whose findings motivated the state legislature to pass anti-retaliation and recordkeeping laws, training mandates to protect the health of agricultural workers, and funding for improved surveillance. The Florida state legislature provided funding to add ten new pesticide inspectors.
Keywords
Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-chemicals; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Pesticides; Farmers; Families; Reproductive-effects; Reproductive-hazards; Pregnancy; Prenatal-exposure; Birth-defects; Surveillance-programs; Regulations; Biological-effects
Publication Date
20111201
Document Type
Numbered Publication; Impact Sheet
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 2012-108; B12212011
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS; R2P
Priority Area
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH; FL; NC
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