Dermal and Inhalation Exposure of Workers during Control of Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) by Spray Applications

Michael Roitzsch, Anja Schäferhenrich, Anja Baumgärtel, Katrin Ludwig-Fischer, Ralph Hebisch, Thomas Göen
2019 Annals of Work Exposures and Health  
The caterpillars of the oak processionary moth (OPM) form stinging hairs, which release an irritant poison. They cause skin and eye irritation and sometimes even breathing difficulties and allergic reactions. OPM is mainly controlled by spraying insecticides. Insecticides applied for protection of human health must be authorized under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) (EU) No 528/2012. In order to assess safety of professional use, which is a key requirement for the authorization, a risk
more » ... sessment based on exposure estimation has to be performed. However, no exposure data specific for OPM control was available until now. Existing models for agricultural spray applications such as Agricultural Operator Exposure Model cover different spray patterns and equipment and were therefore considered too unreliable for assessment of OPM control.
doi:10.1093/annweh/wxy108 pmid:30753273 fatcat:ep3bjpuj2vdj3fuokaosrbl55i