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Document ID (ISN)78607
CIS number 02-835
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Wesseling C., Van Wendel de Joode B., Monge P.
Title Pesticide-related illness and injuries among banana workers in Costa Rica: A comparison between 1993 and 1996
Bibliographic information Apr.-June 2001, Vol.7, No.2, p.90-97. 25 ref.
Abstract Reported occupational injuries and illness among banana workers in Costa Rica during 1993 and 1996 were analysed. Between 1993 and 1996, an overall 35% decrease in injuries was observed, attributable to a marked decline in topical injuries (3.3 compared to 1.9 per 100 workers), whereas systemic poisonings remained the same (0.7 per 100 in both years). In both years, paraquat was the pesticide most frequently associated with injuries, mostly skin and eye lesions. Workers at highest risk per unit time of exposure were nematocide applicators, herbicide applicators, and cleaners of packing plants. Despite control measures, further reduction of systemic illness had not been achieved. The decrease of topical injuries may be partly explained by improved work conditions, but possible underreporting hinders interpretation.
Descriptors (primary) Costa Rica; pesticides; frequency rates; notification of accidents and diseases; plantations
Descriptors (secondary) acute poisoning; statistical trends; paraquat; comparative study; eye injuries; skin injuries; chronic poisoning
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCosta Rica; Netherlands
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Agricultural chemicals
Notification of accidents and diseases
Agriculture