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Document ID (ISN)109738
CIS number 09-648
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., 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 objective of this study was to assess the safety consciousness of farmworkers with respect to pesticide exposure. Behaviours of 73 strawberry fieldworkers employed in Monterey County, California, were assessed via self-reports. Organophosphorus (OP) exposure was evaluated using dimethyl alkylphosphate (DMAP) and malathion dicarboxylic acid (MDA) urinary metabolite levels. Wearing recommended protective clothing, wearing clean work clothes, and the combination of hand washing with soap and wearing gloves were associated with decreases in DMAP and MDA metabolite levels. However, despite these precautions, participants still had significantly higher levels of exposure as compared with a national reference sample. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) safety consciousness; California; agriculture; pesticides; limitation of exposure; organophosphorus compounds
Descriptors (secondary) USA; metabolic process; personal hygiene; exposure evaluation; disobeying safety instructions; urinary metabolites; personal protective equipment; safe working methods; determination in urine; 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