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Document ID (ISN)54469
CIS number 90-1568
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1989
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rastogi S.K., Gupta B.N., Husain T., Mathur N., Garg N.
Title Study of respiratory impairment among pesticide sprayers in mango plantations
Bibliographic information Nov. 1989, Vol.16, No.5, p.529-538. Illus. Bibl.
Abstract Pulmonary function studies were conducted on 489 pesticide workers in India engaged in spraying operations on mango plantations. These workers were exposed to a variety of organochlorine and organophosphorus pesticides. A reference group consisting of 208 controls was taken from the same area. The results of the study showed 36.5 and 41.5% prevalence of respiratory impairment in the exposed workers and in the controls, respectively. The most common pulmonary impairment among the exposed subjects (18.8%) and controls (16.9%) was of the restrictive type, followed by mixed ventilatory defect. Bronchial obstruction affected 2.5 and 3.7% of the exposed and control populations, respectively. The study revealed that occupational exposure to pesticides had a direct bearing on the respiratory impairment identified in the exposed workers.
Descriptors (primary) organophosphorus compounds; pesticides; plantations; crop protection; exposure evaluation; respiratory diseases
Descriptors (secondary) India; developing countries; epidemiologic study; dangerous substances
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Agricultural chemicals
Exposure evaluation
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)