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Document ID (ISN)54641
CIS number 90-1636
ISBN(s) 92-4-154279-9
Year 1989
Convention or series no. Environmental Health Criteria 79
Title Dichlorvos
Bibliographic information World Health Organization, Distribution and Sales Service, 1211 Genève 27, Switzerland, 1989. 157p. Illus. Bibl. Price: CHF 16.00.
Abstract Dichlorvos is an organophosphate widely used as an insecticide. It is readily absorbed by mammals and readily metabolised in the liver. Topics covered in this literature review are: physical and chemical properties and analytical methods; sources of human and environmental exposure; kinetics and metabolism; effects on organisms; effects on experimental animals; effects on man; evaluation of human health risks and effects on the environment. It is concluded that exposure to dichlorvos via food and drinking water is negligible and does not constitute a health hazard. Continuous exposure of young children and diseased or elderly people in poorly ventilated rooms should be avoided. Dichlorvos and its formulations do not contribute an undue hazard to those occupationally exposed, provided adequate precautions are taken.
Descriptors (primary) agricultural chemicals; WHO; environmental pollution; toxicology; crop protection; dichlorvos
Descriptors (secondary) toxic effects; literature survey; ILO; UNEP; organophosphorus compounds; fish; criteria document; microorganisms; insecticides; exposure evaluation; animal experiments; metabolic studies; sampling and analysis; birds
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Environmental pollution
Esters and salts
Agricultural chemicals