Australian work exposures studies: Occupational exposure to pesticides

Jasmine Jomichen, Sonia El-Zaemey, Jane S. Heyworth, Renee N. Carey, Ellie Darcey, Alison Reid, Deborah C. Glass, Tim Driscoll, Susan Peters, Michael J. Abramson, Lin Fritschi

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Background Pesticides are widely used in some occupational settings. Some pesticides have been classified as carcinogens; however, data on the number of workers exposed to pesticides are not available in Australia. The main aim of this study was to estimate the current prevalence of pesticide exposure in Australian workplaces. Methods The analysis used data from the Australian Work Exposures Study, a series of nationwide telephone surveys which investigated work-related prevalence and exposure to carcinogens and asthmagens, including pesticides, among current Australian workers. Information about the respondents' current job and various demographic factors was collected in a telephone interview using the web-based tool OccIDEAS. Workers were considered exposed to pesticides if they reported applying or mixing pesticides in their current job. Results Of the 10 371 respondents, 410 (4%) respondents were assessed as being exposed to pesticides in the workplace, with exposure being more likely among males, individuals born in Australia, individuals with lower education level and those residing in regional or remote areas. Glyphosate was the most common active ingredient used by workers. Conclusions This is the first study to describe the prevalence of occupational pesticide exposure in Australia and one of the few recent studies internationally.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-51
Number of pages6
JournalOccupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume74
Issue number1
Early online date8 Sep 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017

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Demography
Interviews
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Jomichen, Jasmine ; El-Zaemey, Sonia ; Heyworth, Jane S. ; Carey, Renee N. ; Darcey, Ellie ; Reid, Alison ; Glass, Deborah C. ; Driscoll, Tim ; Peters, Susan ; Abramson, Michael J. ; Fritschi, Lin. / Australian work exposures studies : Occupational exposure to pesticides. In: Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2017 ; Vol. 74, No. 1. pp. 46-51.
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