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Clinicians helping to reduce occupational pesticide illnesses through improved personal protective equipment practices.

Faulkner K; Groce DW; Carrabba J
Streamline 2011 Jan-Apr; 17(1):5
There are an estimated 20,000 pesticide poisonings each year among United States farm crop workers. There are potentially many more unquantified chronic illnesses among these workers due to their exposure to pesticides on the job that can take years before signs and symptoms develop. In an attempt to reduce preventable illnesses in these workers, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) hopes to partner with clinicians, who are an important resource in identifying potential pesticide exposures among farm crop workers. NIOSH is currently conducting a nationwide study, "Surveillance and Intervention of Personal Protective Equipment Practices among Agricultural Pesticide Handlers". This study identifies the extent of inappropriate pesticide personal protective equipment (PPE) use practices. It also identifies and addresses barriers that keep agricultural pesticide handlers (anyone who mixes, loads or applies pesticides on the job) from using the appropriate type of personal protective equipment and from using PPE appropriately. In order for appropriate personal protective equipment to be effective, it must fit the person, be properly inspected, worn, decontaminated or disposed of, stored, and maintained.
Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-chemicals; Pesticides; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Poison-control; Poisons; Families; Farmers; Crop-spraying; Injury-prevention; Disease-prevention; Personal-protective-equipment; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Respirators; Clothing; Gloves; Surveillance-programs; Work-practices; Worker-health; Protective-clothing; Protective-equipment; Protective-measures; Medical-personnel; Physicians; Clinical-diagnosis; Health-care-personnel
Kim Faulkner, PhD, MPH, National Personal ProtectiveTechnology Laboratory, PO Box 18070 Pittsburgh, PA 15236-0070
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Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
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Streamline: The Migrant Health News Source
Page last reviewed: March 18, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division