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Document ID (ISN)72915
CIS number 99-921
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Gomes J., Lloyd O.L., Revitt D.M.
Title The influence of personal protection, environmental hygiene and exposure to pesticides on the health of immigrant farm workers in a desert country
Bibliographic information Jan. 1999, Vol.72, No.1, p.40-45. Illus. 30 ref.
Abstract A questionnaire was used to collect information on the use of protective measures and the practice of safety and hygiene among immigrant farm workers in a semi-desert region. Blood pressure and erythrocyte acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity were measured in the exposed and the unexposed populations. Protective equipment was worn by a minority of farm workers - gloves by 35%, work coveralls by 36%, a scarf to cover the nose and mouth by 39%, and work shoes by 79%. With regard to personal hygiene measures, 83% of the workers changed clothes after work and the same proportion took a shower after work; 63% drank and 46% ate while at work; and 11% used articles of domestic use in the preparation of pesticides on the farm. AChE depletion was found to be negatively associated with the use of gloves, of work coveralls, and of a scarf to cover the nose and mouth and withthe implementation of safety and hygiene procedures on the farm. AChE depletion was positively associated with the frequency of pesticide spraying. Topics: acetylcholinesterase; crop protection; desert climate; developing countries; face and eye protection; foreign workers; information of personnel; overalls; personal hygiene; personal protective equipment; pesticides; protective gloves; state of health.
Descriptors (primary) state of health; pesticides; foreign workers; personal protective equipment; crop protection
Descriptors (secondary) protective gloves; acetylcholinesterase; personal hygiene; information of personnel; face and eye protection; developing countries; desert climate; overalls
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Arab Emirates
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Agricultural chemicals
Personal protection