Pesticide Poisoning

Last updated: January 10, 2017

What Does Pesticide Poisoning Mean?

Pesticides contain a range of toxic compounds, which may have a greater or lower mammalian toxicity level. Pesticide poisoning occurs when workers are exposed to excessive levels of toxic chemicals and may result in illness or death. The requirements for use of personal protective equipment in the production or application of pesticides are determined during the pesticide’s registration process.

Safeopedia Explains Pesticide Poisoning

Pesticides range from those with a relatively low level of toxicity to chemicals with an extremely high level of toxicity. Pesticides are classified into toxicity classes according to their toxicity level and range from groups one and two (highly toxic) to group four (practically non-toxic). Pesticide poisoning may take place through ingestion, but inhalation and trans-dermal absorption of pesticides are the most common causes of pesticide poisoning. When dealing with pesticides, EPA regulations should be adhered to and the appropriate personal protective equipment should be used. Specific procedures must be followed in the event of spills, and all workers involved in the use or production of pesticides must be trained in pesticide safety and be cognizant of the risks, safety precautions and emergency procedures applicable to their tasks.


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