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Document ID (ISN)111981
CIS number 11-0683
ISSN - Serial title 1059-924X - Journal of Agromedicine
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Blanco-Muņoz J., Lacasaņa M.
Title Practices in pesticide handling and the use of personal protective equipment in Mexican agricultural workers
Bibliographic information 2nd quarter 2011, Vol.16, No.2, p.117-126. 30 ref.
Abstract In this study, information was collected by means of questionnaires from 99 Mexican agricultural workers (35 women and 64 men) concerning sociodemographic data, agricultural practices, use of pesticides, use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and risk perception. As expected, men handled pesticides more frequently than women (67% versus 20%). The workers carried out several agricultural tasks, used a great number of pesticide products (59 commercial brands of pesticides, 33 active ingredients, and 20 chemical families), used mostly manual application equipment, and showed a low rate of correct usage of PPE (2%) and insufficient levels of proper hygienic practices. In addition, storage of pesticide products and application equipment at home was frequent among this group of workers (42%), and provides a significant source of exposure for the workers' families. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) Mexico; pesticides; personal protective equipment; agriculture; exposure
Descriptors (secondary) safety consciousness; human behaviour; survey; limitation of exposure; safe working methods; social aspects
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Personal protection
Agricultural chemicals