Acute pesticide-related illnesses among working youths, 1988-1999.
Calvert-GM; Mehler-LN; Rosales-R; Baum-L; Thomsen-C; Male-D; Shafey-O; Das-R; Lackovic-M; Arvizu-E
Am J Publ Health 2003 Apr; 93(4):605-610
The goal of this study was to describe acute occupational pesticide-related illnesses among youths and to provide prevention recommendations. Survey data from 8 states and from poison control center data were analyzed. Illness incidence rates and incidence rate ratios were calculated. A total of 531 youths were identified with acute occupational pesticide-related illnesses. Insecticides were responsible for most of these illnesses (68%), most of which were of minor severity (79%). The average annual incidence rate among youths aged 15 to 17 years was 20.4 per billion hours worked, and the incidence rate ratio among youths vs adults was 1.71 (95% confidence interval = 1.53, 1.91). The present findings suggest the need for greater efforts to prevent acute occupational pesticide-related illnesses among adolescents.
Agricultural-chemicals; Agricultural-workers; Age-groups; Age-factors; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Farmers; Acute-toxicity; Acute-exposure; Insecticide-poisoning; Insecticides; Poisons
Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226
Research Tools and Approaches: Surveillance Research Methods
American Journal of Public Health
New York State Department of Health