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Document ID (ISN)69646
CIS number 97-1617
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 1997
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Clarke E.E.K., et al.
Title The problems associated with pesticide use by irrigation workers in Ghana
Bibliographic information July 1997, Vol.47, No.5, p.301-308. 13 ref.
Abstract A study of 123 farm workers on three irrigation project areas in Ghana revealed moderate levels of knowledge of the routes of absorption of pesticides and of potential symptoms following exposure. Knowledge of personal protective measures was poor to moderate. High risk practice included frequent handling of the chemicals, home storage of pesticides, and short-re-entry intervals. The prevalence of symptoms was higher and cholinesterase levels lower than in a control group of teachers. Recommendations include training of agriculture and health workers in safety precautions and in the recognition and management of pesticide-related ill health.
Descriptors (primary) Ghana; crop protection; risk awareness; pesticides
Descriptors (secondary) cholinesterase monitoring; symptoms; information of personnel; unsafe practices; personal protective equipment
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Agricultural chemicals
Psychological factors