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Document ID (ISN)59313
CIS number 92-1973
ISSN - Serial title 0030-0632 - Boletín de la Oficina Sanitaria Panamericana
Year 1988
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Matos E.L., Loria D.J., Albiano N., Sobel N., de Buján E.C.
Title Pesticides in intensive cultivation - Effects on working conditions and workers' health
Original title Efectos de los plaguicidas en trabajadores de cultivos intensivos [in Spanish]
Bibliographic information Feb. 1988, Vol.104, No.2, p.160-170. 12 ref.
Abstract A study to investigate the effects of pesticides on the health of workers engaged in intensive cultivation was carried out in Argentina during 1983 and 1984. Surveys and interviews were conducted in two groups of workers, flower and ornamental plant growers. 12.3% of the flower growers and 18.6% of the plant growers had symptoms of acute poisoning, with no difference regarding the different tasks. However, the number of flower growers with symptoms of chronic poisoning was significantly greater for the pesticide applicators than for other workers in the same group. Among both groups, 65% of the manifestations were in the central nervous system or peripheral nerves. It was noted that protective measures taken by the workers were insufficient. Guidance on ways to improve working conditions, in particular the use of protective equipment, and promotion of appropriate technology are recommended. Summary in English. Also published in English in the Bulletin of the Pan American Health Organization (Vol.21, No.4, 1987).
Descriptors (primary) diseases of central nervous system; flower and perfume-plant growing; agriculture; pesticides
Descriptors (secondary) Argentina; personal protective equipment; epidemiologic study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceArgentina
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the nervous system
Agricultural chemicals