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Document ID (ISN)78784
CIS number 02-869
ISBN(s) 0-7176-2376-9
Year 2002
Convention or series no. HSE Contract Research Report CRR 440/2002
Author(s) Ramwell C.T., Johnson P.D., Boxall A.A.B., Rimmer D.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Exposure to pesticide residues on agricultural spraying equipment
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2002. vi, 50p. Illus. 6 ref. Price: GBP 10.00.
Abstract To assess the longer-term exposure to pesticide deposits that remain on the spraying equipment well after spraying operations have been carried out, a study was carried out at thirteen farms. Swab samples were taken from various parts of the spray equipment. In addition, cotton gloves were used to evaluate possible exposure through hand contact when entering or working in the tractor cab and during contact with the external surface of the spray equipment. There was a wide variation in the quantities of pesticides detected. Highest levels were observed on the boom, nozzles, and, to a lesser extent, the spray tank. Pesticides were detected at higher levels and more frequently on the mudguards compared to the rest of the tractor body. Quantities of pesticides measured on the cotton glove samples were reported as multiples of acceptable daily intakes (ADIs). 17% of the gloves contained levels equivalent to more than one ADI. Sampling inside the farmers' nitrile gloves detected pesticides in all cases, with one pair containing the equivalent of 17 ADIs.
Descriptors (primary) pesticides; pesticide spraying; agriculture; exposure evaluation
Descriptors (secondary) protective gloves; United Kingdom; report; sampling and analysis; drivers cabs; permissible levels; tractors
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Agricultural chemicals
Exposure evaluation