Occupational Illnesses from Cholinesterase-Inhibiting Pesticides Among Agricultural Applicators in California, 1982-1985

  • Ames, Richard G.;
  • Brown, Stephanie K.;
  • Mengle, Donald C.


California pesticide illness investigation reports involving toxicity category I or II organophosphate and carbamate pesticide exposures among agricultural pesticide applicators were reviewed for the years 1982-1985. The pesticides associated with each illness were recorded, and the exposures were classified as chronic, short-term, or accidental. Illnesses were associated with a range of pesticides, including both organophosphates and carbamates in both toxicity categories I and II. Approximately 19% of the illnesses were due to accidents. Overall, the analysis identified a need for improving occupational health surveillance and the regulations governing worker health and safety.


JOURNAL: Arch Environ Health. 1989; 44(1): 34-39. ISSN: 1.

Note: Archives of Environmental Health.

NLOM ID#: 89133566 .

Publication #: 89133566

This document was extracted from the CDC-NIOSH Epidemiology of Farm Related Injuries: Bibliography With Abstracts, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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