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Document ID (ISN)104029
CIS number 05-367
ISSN - Serial title 0815-6409 - Journal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rothstein D., Firth H., Herbison P., McBride D.
Title Chemical use among farmers
Bibliographic information Oct.2004, Vol.20, No.5, p.459-464. 30 ref.
Abstract This study describes chemical use patterns and effects on health among a random sample of 586 New Zealand farmers in one of four sectors (dairy, pastoral, arable and horticultural). Of the respondents, 87.4% reported using chemicals, classified into 35 categories, with glyphosates and detergents being the most commonly used. Over 50% of the chemicals were sprayed, 19.8% of farmers self-rating their exposure as medium-high. One-fifth of users reported one or more acute illnesses associated with chemical exposure, with over half of these being neurological or respiratory. Use of personal protective equipment was generally low.
Descriptors (primary) New Zealand; agriculture; health hazards; chemical products
Descriptors (secondary) neurotoxic effects; herbicides; detergents; subjective assessment; pesticides; pesticide spraying; functional respiratory disorders; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; personal protective equipment; glyphosate; symptoms
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNew Zealand
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Agriculture