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Research Needs in Connection with Pesticide Residue Hazards to Farm Workers.
NIOSH 1976 May:4 pages
Research needs in the area of pesticide hazards to humans were addressed. There was a need to identify the problem areas in achieving safe reentry to treated fields. Nation wide figures were still needed on fatalities and injuries related to pesticide usage. In the area of education the fact that most pesticide deaths have been a result of suicide, errors or accidental ingestion suggested that enough effort has not yet been made to warn and teach the public of the hazards of these chemicals. This public at risk contained not only the farm owner and operator, but the homeowner as well. The amount of research being conducted on the monitoring of pesticide decay rates had been increasing. Efforts were also underway in dose response studies. In this area cholinesterase assay and blood and urine analyses for metabolites had produced some valuable information. Physiological responses in workers exposed to pesticides have been studied for a good 10 years in epidemiological study programs. However, the author encourages the use of laboratory animal studies to produce much more valuable information in shorter time frames. Research needs in the areas of synergism studies, usage trends and new product research, and the long term effects of pesticide exposure were cited.
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Pesticide Residue Hazards to Farm Workers
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