Preliminary survey of factors affecting the exposure of harvesters to pesticide residues.
Am Ind Hyg Assoc J 1974 Jun; 35(6):374-380
Results are presented from a preliminary survey conducted among harvesters of grapes, oranges, and peaches for the purpose of comparing factors which might affect worker pesticide residue exposure. Factors examined include: age and sex distribution of work crews, apparel and work practices as related to foliar contact, and exposure to airborne particulates. Data are tabulated for harvest rate estimates and field dimensions, worker age and sex distribution, distribution of clothing worn by harvesters, and airborne dust analyses. The results indicate that worker exposure to pesticide residue is due principally to the dislodging of pesticide containing dust from the foliage by the worker during the harvesting of the crops.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Agricultural-chemicals; Airborne-dusts; Environmental-contaminants; Biocides; Agricultural-workers; Air-quality-measurement; Clothing
American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal