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Journal of Pesticide Safety Education

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Editor: Michael J. Weaver mweaver@vt.edu
Volume 8
2006


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Abstract

Journal of Pesticide Safety Education, 2006, Volume 8, Pages 1-9.


Health Status Among Pesticide Applicators at a Mango Plantation in India.

Chandrasekharan Nair Kesavachandran, Scientist, Epidemiology Section, Industrial Toxicology Research Centre, Lucknow, India. kesavachandran@rediffmail.com.
Subhodh Kumar Rastogi, Deputy Director and Head, Epidemiology Section, Industrial Toxicology Research Centre, Lucknow, India. subhodhrastogi@yahoo.com.
Neeraj Mathur, Scientist, Epidemiology Section, Industrial Toxicology Research Centre, Lucknow, India. neerajmathur_jnkp@rediffmail.com.
Mohammad Kaleem Javed Siddiqui, Director, UPCST, Lucknow, India and Head, Analytical Toxicology, Industrial Toxicology Research Centre, Lucknow, India. mkjs@rediffmail.com.
Vipul Kumar Singh, Research Fellow, Analytical Toxicology, Industrial Toxicology Research Centre, Lucknow, India. vipulitrclko@yahoo.com.
Vipin Bihari, Scientist, Epidemiology Section, Industrial Toxicology Research Centre, Lucknow, India. vipinbihari31@rediffmail.com.
Ram Shankar Bharti, Technical officer, Epidemiology Section, Industrial Toxicology Research Centre, Lucknow, India. ichoe2004@yahoo.com.

Observations of mango plantation workers applying chemicals showed many were mixing pesticides without the appropriate personal protective equipment. Personal hygiene was lacking in that many applicators commonly ate and drank without previously washing their hands. Medical evaluation of thirty-four of these workers at a free health clinic shows pesticide exposure may be linked to health problems. Respiratory, gastrointestinal, ocular and dermal problems were observed; biochemical analysis shows decreased glutathione levels and increased levels of malondialdehyde thereby suggesting significant pesticide exposure. Our study clearly indicates that growers and workers applying pesticides in mango plantations need additional training on how to properly and safely use pesticides.

Keywords: health, occupational, safety, PPE, exposure, pesticide, medical, monitoring


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