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Document ID (ISN)23587
CIS number 75-1417
ISSN - Serial title 1775-8785 - Archives des maladies professionnelles
Year 1974
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Gervais P., Langevin M.T., Gaultier M., Housset M., Boucker M., Mazurkiewicz S.
Title Maintaining normal cholinesterase activity, by means of modern preventive methods, in workers using insecticides - Possible consequences as regards compensation legislation
Original title Normalisation des cholinestérases chez des ouvriers désinsectiseurs par les méthodes modernes de prévention - Conséquences réglementaires possibles. [in French]
Bibliographic information Sep. 1974, Vol.35, No.9, p.789-796. 5 ref.
Abstract Several of a group of 26 workers using organophosphorus insecticides for treating trees, wooden beams and insect control in dwelling premises showed a falling-off in globular and plasma cholinesterase activity, without accompanying clinical signs. On the advice of the industrial physician the following preventive measures were adopted: fully protective work clothing (hood, mask, impermeable work suit closely fitting at wrists and ankles, special footwear); separate cloakrooms or vehicles for work clothes and off-duty clothes; etc. As a result of these measures cholinesterase levels returned to normal. Where the occupational health conditions are unsatisfactory, the authors recommend tests to determine cholinesterase levels once a month. Some comments are made on the desirability of amending the French legislation concerning compensation.
Descriptors (primary) organophosphorus compounds; enzyme disturbances; disinsectization; health engineering; insecticides
Descriptors (secondary) cholinesterase monitoring; protective clothing; personal protective equipment; France; compensation of occupational diseases
Document type -
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Blood diseases
Agricultural chemicals