Effects of Safety Behaviours with Pesticide Use on Occurrence of Acute Symptoms in Male and Female Tobacco-growing Malaysian Farmers

Rusli Bin NORDIN, Shunichi ARAKI, Hajime SATO, Kazuhito YOKOYAMA, Wan Abdul Manan Bin WAN MUDA, Daw WIN KYI
2002 Industrial Health  
The effects of safety behaviours associated with pesticide use on the occurrence of acute organ symptoms in 395 male and 101 female tobacco-growing farmers in Malaysia were studied. We used a 15-questionnaire checklist on safe pesticide-use behaviours and a 25-questionnaire checklist on acute organ symptoms reported shortly after spraying pesticides. Results of stepwise multiple linear regression analysis indicated that no smoking while spraying, good sprayer-condition, and changing clothes
more » ... hanging clothes immediately after spraying significantly prevented occurrence of acute symptoms just after pesticide spray in male farmers; in female farmers, only wearing a hat while spraying significantly prevented the symptoms. Safety behaviours in pesticide use in male and female tobaccogrowing farmers are discussed in the light of these findings.
doi:10.2486/indhealth.40.182 pmid:12064560 fatcat:tttxdhpngven3p4aedsidt4liq