Organophosphate Pesticide Exposure in Agricultural Workers – Report

  • 103 pages

  • Published: 25 Sep 2007

  • Author(s): Johnstone, K, Capra, M, Newman, B

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What the report is about
This report has been generated as a result of a PhD research project that aimed to investigate organophosphate (OP) pesticide exposure received by fruit and vegetable growers in South East Queensland. It is about the occupational health and safety issues associated with managing OP pesticide exposure within the fruit and vegetable industry and targets the areas of risk assessment and health surveillance of OP pesticides. In particular, the report presents the results of urine metabolite testing of three occupationally exposed groups (fruit and vegetable farmers, pilots and their ground crews and formulators) and two non-occupationally exposed groups.

Who is the report targeted at?
The report is targeted at those with an interest in the management of occupational exposure to organophosphate pesticides. The findings of the research may be of interest to:
• health and safety professionals who work in industries involved with OP pesticide exposures
• agricultural employers and workers who use OP pesticides
• training organisations that offer health and safety related courses to the agricultural industry
• workplace health and safety and other government departments.