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Document ID (ISN)103191
CIS number 04-157
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Goldman L., Eskenazi B., Bradman A., Jewell N.P.
Title Risk behaviors for pesticide exposure among pregnant women living in farmworker households in Salinas, California
Bibliographic information June 2004, Vol.45, No.6, p.491-499. 40 ref.
Internet access 04-0157.pdf [in English]
Abstract Although farm workers and their families are known to be at risk for pesticide exposure, little is known about behaviours that increase their risk. In this study, the frequency of risky behaviours among pregnant farm workers was determined and persons at greatest risk were characterized. Participants were pregnant women residing in the valley of Salinas, California, including 153 farm workers and 248 women not working on farms but residing with farm workers. Habits relating to hand washing, bathing, use of protective clothing, housecleaning, laundering of work clothes, wearing of work clothes and shoes in the home, and eating produce from the fields were examined. Between 25 and 60% of the women demonstrated risky behaviour on each item. Practices of households with pregnant farm workers and non farm workers did not differ. Pregnant farm workers and those living with farm workers need to be educated to reduce potential pesticide exposure.
Descriptors (primary) safety consciousness; California; agriculture; human behaviour; expectant mothers; pesticides
Descriptors (secondary) protective clothing; USA; personal hygiene; safety and health training; migrant workers; social aspects; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Psychological factors
Agricultural chemicals
Safety culture and safety consciousness