Student Research: Sinang Lee

, Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH), 2006
Faculty Advisor: Richard A. Fenske

Translation of the Fluorescent Tracer Technique from a Research Dermal Exposure Assessment Method to a Pesticide Safety Educational Tool


Abstract

Dermal exposure to pesticides is a significant health risk for agricultural workers around the world. The priority of pesticide safety educators is to raise awareness among agricultural workers about pesticide risks and safe-use practices. Unfortunately, the few available tools for delivering these messages are often of questionable effect. Originally developed for research purposes, the fluorescent tracer (FT) technique to assess dermal exposure provides immediate visual lessons on sources, routes, and factors of pesticide contamination. For this project, I aimed to produce a guidance manual that translates the FT technique into a practical and adaptable tool for pesticide safety educators. I gathered data on the FT technique through critical article reviews, key informant interviews, and personal observations. I reviewed information on purposes, procedures, opinions, responses, challenges and recommendations pertaining to the FT technique. The resulting manual’s dominant features are: (a) basic principles and requirements of the FT technique, (b) instructions and examples on using the FT technique, and (c) tips to overcome potential challenges. By enhancing visual and interactive learning, the FT technique can help pesticide safety educators emphasize the reality of pesticide exposures and promote dermal protection among agricultural workers.