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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-83-373-1501, Brown's Bridge Animal Hospital, Gainesville, Georgia.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 83-373-1501, 1984 Sep; :1-15
An occupational health survey at Brown's Bridge Animal hospital (SIC- survey was requested by the president of the company to evaluate possible health hazards after two workers complained of neurologic symptoms. All eight workers were interviewed. Seven workers were given physical examinations, including blood cholinesterase determinations and nerve conduction studies. Twenty two preparations of insecticide dips, shampoos, powders, and sprays were used or dispensed by the hospital. Fenthion (55389) was used to control fleas on dogs. Protective equipment generally was not used to avoid skin contact with pesticides. Five workers reported symptoms such as headache, and shortness of breath; paresthesias had occurred during the preceding 12 months. Decreased foot sensation and eye muscle weakness were found in one symptomatic worker. Nerve conduction studies and blood cholinesterase values were within normal limits. The authors conclude that a health hazard due to fenthion exists at the facility. Because of multiple pesticide exposures, it is not possible to prove that fenthion caused the symptoms. Recommendations include replacing fenthion with a less toxic insecticide and taking measures to avoid skin contact with pesticides.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Veterinarians; Region-4; Animals; Health-care-facilities; Neurotoxic-effects; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; HETA-83-373-1501; Author Keywords: Animal Hospitals; fenthion; veterinary hospitals; neurologic effects; delayed neurotoxicity; organophosphorus pesticides
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