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Contributing factors to pesticide related illness among agricultural workers in Washington state, 2003-2008.

Washington State Department of Health
Pesticide incident reporting and tracking review panel 2009 annual report. Olympia, WA: Washington State Department of Health, 2010 Apr; :58-60
Background: The Department of Health's Pesticide Program investigates reports of illnesses related to pesticide exposure. We use data collected from these investigations to identify public health problems and develop strategies to prevent human exposure to pesticides. Federal and other state agencies, local government, advocacy groups, and legislators also use the data for similar purposes. Sources of Case Reports: The Department of Health receives reports of suspected pesticide illness events from numerous sources, including Washington Poison Center, the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) Claims Administration Program, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), health care providers, and others. More than one agency may report the same illness event. An event may involve exposure to one or more individuals. Each individual exposure is investigated by Pesticide Program staff members as a separate case. Case Investigation Criteria: Any single event that is reported may involve multiple people who experience pesticide illness. We review all referred reports and investigate those which meet the following criteria: 1. A pesticide exposure is reported. 2. Symptoms are reported. 3. At least one individual involved saw a health care provider. 4. The pesticide exposure occurred during the last three months. 5. The pesticide exposure occurred in Washington State. 6. The pesticide exposure was neither a suicide nor homicide attempt. The Pesticide Program occasionally investigates cases of special circumstance even if all criteria are not met. Examples are: unusual exposures to children, incidents involving multiple ill people, moderate to severe illness or injuries for which the individual did not seek health care, and cases referred by another state agency for co-investigation with the Department of Health. Although many disinfectants are regulated as pesticides under federal law, we do not currently investigate disinfectant-related injury unless the product is specifically being used as a fungicide (for mold control).
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Workers; Work-environment; Humans; Men; Women; Lung; Lung-disease; Pulmonary-function; Pulmonary-system; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Respiratory-system-disorders; Respiration; Chemical-properties; Training; Education; Hazards; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Chemical-composition; Lung-disorders; Morbidity-rates; Mortality-rates; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Pesticides; Insecticides
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Pesticide incident reporting and tracking review panel 2009 annual report
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