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J Occup Environ Med. 2003 Jan;45(1):42-53.

Pesticide take-home pathway among children of agricultural workers: study design, methods, and baseline findings.

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  • 1Cancer Prevention Research Program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Department of Health Services, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.


Farmworkers are exposed to pesticides and may take home pesticide residues to their families. In this paper, self-reported pesticide exposure and home practices to reduce the amount of pesticide residues taken home were examined among 571 farmworkers. Urine samples from a subsample of farmworkers and children and dust samples from households and vehicles also assessed pesticide exposure. Overall, 96% of respondents reported exposure to pesticides at work. Many employers did not provide resources for hand washing. Farmworkers' protective practices to keep pesticide residues out of the home were at a low level. In a subset of respondents, pesticide levels above the limit of quantitation were seen in the urine of children and adults and in house and vehicle dust. The results support the take-home pathway of pesticide exposure. Ways must be found to reduce this pesticide exposure among children of farmworkers.

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