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Document ID (ISN)61143
CIS number 93-1967
ISSN - Serial title 0002-8894 - American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Year 1993
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kangas J., Laitinen S., Jauhiainen A., Savolainen K.
Title Exposure of sprayers and plant handlers to mevinphos in Finnish greenhouses
Bibliographic information Apr. 1993, Vol.54, No.4, p.150-157. Illus. 11 ref.
Abstract The exposure of sprayers and plant handlers to mevinphos, a toxic organophosphate insecticide, was evaluated in eight flower-growing greenhouses, in order to assess an appropriate re-entry interval after application. The method of application considerably affected the levels of mevinphos in greenhouse air and on the foliage. The Finnish occupational exposure limit for mevinphos (100µg/m3) was exceeded during the use of non-thermal foggers. Usually, however, the concentration in the breathing zone was below 10µg/m3 9-12h after application; the half-life was 9.2h. These data provide evidence that the main route of exposure is dermal, a conclusion supported by the excellent correlation between dermal exposure and the amount of mevinphos on the foliage. The calculated re-entry interval was approximately 4.5h. However, that interval is likely to be too short in practice because the risk of dermal exposure is considerable for more than 10h after application.
Descriptors (primary) mevinphos; pesticides; intervals between exposures; exposure evaluation; insecticides
Descriptors (secondary) flowers; inhalation; flower and perfume-plant growing; crop protection; skin absorption
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Esters and salts
Agricultural chemicals