Health monitoring for organophosphate pesticides


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This guide helps doctors to monitor the health of workers exposed to organophosphate pesticides.  

Organophosphate (OPs) insecticides are widely used on a large variety of crops. Examples of work activities involving OPs include: 

  • pest control operators who use OPs in their work 
  • manufacture, formulation and packaging 
  • transport, storage and distribution 
  • handling used containers, for example in scrap recovery 
  • agricultural and horticultural activities like mixing, loading and applications where direct handling of the chemical occurs 
  • animal health treatments like cattle and sheep dipping 
  • seasonal field workers exposed to pesticide residues 
  • laboratory workers undertaking research on OPs 

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