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Document ID (ISN)59163
CIS number 92-1968
ISSN - Serial title 0030-0632 - Boletín de la Oficina Sanitaria Panamericana
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Andrade Carvalho W.
Title Risk factors related to occupational and environmental exposure to organochlorine insecticides in the State of Bahia, Brazil, 1985
Original title Fatores de riscos relacionados com exposição ocupacional e ambiental a inseticidas organoclorados no Estado da Bahia, Brasil, 1985 [in Portuguese]
Bibliographic information Dec. 1991, Vol.111, No.6, p.512-524. 19 ref.
Abstract In order to investigate the risks derived from occupational and environmental exposure to organochlorine insecticides, in particular 1.5% gamma-benzene hexachloride (technical HCH) and dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), tests were conducted on 127 male individuals aged between 15 and 52 years from the State of Bahia (Brazil). It was found that improper handling of the products and failure to use personal protective equipment, together with longer time of exposure, significantly increased the rates of the hepatic enzyme transaminases GOT and GPT in the appliers of DDT and technical HCH. In view of the high morbidity among pesticide appliers in agriculture, the institution of programmes to teach these workers to avoid contaminating themselves and the environment is pointed out. Reference is made to the development of good hygiene habits, the use of personal protective equipment, and the correct handling of products. Summary in English.
Descriptors (primary) halogenated organic compounds; pesticides; insecticides; agriculture; personal hygiene; personal protective equipment; manual handling
Descriptors (secondary) DDT; safety and health training; lindane
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceBrazil
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Personal protection
Agricultural chemicals