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Document ID (ISN)108998
CIS number 08-1387
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Salvatore A.L., Bradman A., Castorina R., Camacho J., Lˇpez J., B. Barr D.B., Snyder J., Jewell N.P., Eskenazi B.
Title Occupational behaviors and farmworkers' pesticide exposure: Findings from a study in Monterey County, California
Bibliographic information Oct. 2008, Vol.51, No.10, p.782-794. Illus. 57 ref.
Abstract The relationship between self-reported behaviours and agricultural pesticide exposures were assessed in 73 strawberry fieldworkers employed in Monterey County, California. Organophosphorus (OP) pesticide exposure was measured using dimethyl alkylphosphate (DMAP) and malathion dicarboxylic acid (MDA) urinary metabolite levels. Wearing recommended clothing, wearing clean work clothes, hand washing with soap and wearing gloves were associated with decreases in DMAP and MDA levels. Despite these protective behaviours, however, participants had significantly higher levels of exposure as compared with a national reference sample. Further efforts are needed to reduce the exposure disparities experienced by farmworkers and decrease the potential for ``take home'' exposures to farmworkers' families.
Descriptors (primary) safety consciousness; California; agriculture; pesticides; limitation of exposure; organophosphorus compounds
Descriptors (secondary) USA; metabolic process; personal hygiene; urinary metabolites; disobeying safety instructions; safe working methods; exposure tests; determination in urine; personal protective equipment
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Psychological factors
Agricultural chemicals
Safety culture and safety consciousness