Preventive measures reduce pesticide exposures to farm workers
Agricultural pesticide exposure among farm workers has been a long-standing occupational health and safety concern. However, according to a study, taking preventive measures can reduce these risks.
In the study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers evaluated a community-based participatory research work site intervention intended to improve farm employees' behaviors at work and after work to reduce occupational and take-home pesticide exposures. Nearly 130 farm workers employed at two strawberry farms in Monterey County, Calif., were included in the report. Researchers found that glove use, wearing clean work clothes, and hand washing at the midday breaks and before going home reduced health risks significantly.
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December 28, 2009
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