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Document ID (ISN)56632
CIS number 91-1609
ISSN - Serial title 0002-8894 - American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Jauhiainen A., Räsänen K., Sarantila R., Nuutinen J., Kangas J.
Title Occupational exposure of forest workers to glyphosate during brush saw spraying work
Bibliographic information Feb. 1991, Vol.52, No.2, p.61-64. 15 ref.
Abstract The purpose of this study was to measure forest workers' exposure to the herbicide glyphosate during silvicultural clearing. Both the exposed (study) group and the nonexposed (control) group contained 5 persons who were medically examined before and after their 1-week working period (including laboratory tests) for possible health effects. In addition, exposure to glyphosate was measured in the study group from samples taken from the workers' breathing zone and from urine samples. The laboratory tests and urinary glyphosate analyses were repeated for the exposed group 3 weeks later, when the men had entirely stopped their work with the herbicide. Exposure to glyphosate through the workers' breathing zone was low. The highest value found was 15.7µg/m3. In this study, a biological monitoring method was also developed to monitor the workers' exposure to glyphosate. Urine concentrations were under the gas chromatographic detection level of <0.1ng/µL (<1.0µmol/L). No major differences were noted, either in medical examinations or in the laboratory tests performed, between the exposed and control groups before and after the work period.
Descriptors (primary) agricultural chemicals; herbicides; glyphosate; health hazards; exposure tests; forestry and logging
Descriptors (secondary) toxic effects; urine monitoring; Finland
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Biological monitoring
Esters and salts
Forestry and logging
Agricultural chemicals