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Work with pesticides and organophosphate sheep dips

Work with pesticides and organophosphate sheep dips
Work with pesticides and organophosphate sheep dips
Pesticides are an important hazard in agriculture. In developed countries their use is strictly regulated. Risk assessment for new pesticides includes comparison of the potential exposures of spray operators and other farm workers with a reference value. Usually, this is derived from toxicological studies in animals with allowance for the uncertainties in extrapolating between and within species. Older pesticides undergo periodic reviews, for which epidemiological data may also be available. Unintentional fatal poisoning by pesticides is extremely rare in Britain. Documented reports of non-fatal acute poisoning are also uncommon, but there may be substantial under-ascertainment of minor incidents. Pesticides have been linked with various chronic diseases, but few associations have been clearly established. A particular concern recently in Britain has been the possibility that organophosphate insecticides can cause chronic neuropsychiatric illness.
organophosphates, pesticides, poisoning, regulation
0962-7480
467-470
Coggon, D.
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Coggon, D.
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Coggon, D. (2002) Work with pesticides and organophosphate sheep dips. Occupational Medicine, 52 (8), 467-470.

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Abstract

Pesticides are an important hazard in agriculture. In developed countries their use is strictly regulated. Risk assessment for new pesticides includes comparison of the potential exposures of spray operators and other farm workers with a reference value. Usually, this is derived from toxicological studies in animals with allowance for the uncertainties in extrapolating between and within species. Older pesticides undergo periodic reviews, for which epidemiological data may also be available. Unintentional fatal poisoning by pesticides is extremely rare in Britain. Documented reports of non-fatal acute poisoning are also uncommon, but there may be substantial under-ascertainment of minor incidents. Pesticides have been linked with various chronic diseases, but few associations have been clearly established. A particular concern recently in Britain has been the possibility that organophosphate insecticides can cause chronic neuropsychiatric illness.

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Published date: 2002
Keywords: organophosphates, pesticides, poisoning, regulation

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Local EPrints ID: 24300
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/24300
ISSN: 0962-7480
PURE UUID: 6aa7210e-1af3-4610-90ea-79e915bf5370
ORCID for D. Coggon: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1930-3987

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Date deposited: 30 Mar 2006
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 01:16

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