Pesticides & Health

Applicator sprays equipment

Handler cleans spray application equipment. Photo by PNASH

In the United States, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates around 10,000 and 20,000 annual agricultural-related poisoning and injury incidents occur through skin exposure and absorption. The research on pesticide safety and health at the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (PNASH) works to address pesticide exposure for those who are most vulnerable:

  • Pesticide handlers (mixers, loaders, and applicators) 
  • Children who have an enhanced susceptibility to the uptake and toxicity of pesticides

Overall, acute poisonings in the U.S. have declined due to improved products, application practices, and case reporting; yet common poisonings still occur. Some of these common exposures happen through the off-target movement of pesticides or splashes to the eye. A growing body of evidence reveals that long-term exposure can lead to more serious health effects including neurological diseases and cancers. 

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