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Document ID (ISN)73872
CIS number 99-1977
ISSN - Serial title 1059-924X - Journal of Agromedicine
Year 1998
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Karr C.J., Keifer M.C., Miller M.E.
Title Field-based monitoring of agricultural workers for overexposure to cholinesterase-inhibiting pesticides: Evaluation of a trial program
Bibliographic information 1998, Vol.5, No.4, p.35-47. 15 ref.
Abstract A field cholinesterase test kit was used to monitor orchard pesticide applicators and field workers. The kit utilizes blood obtained by finger-stick sampling, is extremely portable, battery powered and very simple to operate. Compared to baseline values obtained prior to the start of exposure, at each visit, approximately 7-8% of monitored workers were identified as having cholinesterase activity level changes consistent with significant inhibition. Applicators had significantly lower levels than field workers. With a few technical corrections, the kit holds the promise of being a simple, rapid, accurate method for testing cholinesterase in the field. Topics: agriculture; cholinesterase monitoring; crop protection; determination in blood; evaluation of equipment; exposure evaluation; haemoglobin monitoring; orchards; pesticides.
Descriptors (primary) cholinesterase monitoring; pesticides; orchards; agriculture; crop protection
Descriptors (secondary) evaluation of equipment; haemoglobin monitoring; determination in blood; exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Biological monitoring
Agricultural chemicals