Send to

Choose Destination
Arch Environ Contam Toxicol. 1996 Jan;30(1):132-8.

Handwipe sampling and analysis procedure for the measurement of dermal contact with pesticides.

Author information

Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas 77828-0510, USA.


A handwipe sampling and analysis procedure was developed for the measurement of dermal contact to pesticides. This procedure utilizes cellulose dressing sponges wetted with 2-propanol. A two-step wiping procedure is described that ensures that the entire hand is sampled. Removal efficiency experiments show that dry residues of the pesticides chlorpyrifos and pyrethrin I are quantitatively removed from hands immediately following contact. Results suggest that the procedure may remove pesticide residues that are deeply embedded in the skin and not removed by soap-and-water washing. Extraction efficiency studies for 29 other pesticides show that the proposed extraction method may be applicable for a wide range of pesticides including phenoxy-acid herbicides. Field testing of the procedure indicates that it is easily implemented by sampling personnel and readily accepted by children.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Loading ...
Support Center