A hazard-ranking system for pesticides used in Greek agriculture based on their adverse health effects.

CHRISTOS, NIKOLAIDIS and EKATERINI, CHATZAKI and EVANGELIA, NENA and MAKRINA, KARAGLANI and MARIA, CHATZAKI and MARIA, PANAGOPOULOU and THEODOROS, C. CONSTANTINIDIS (2016) A hazard-ranking system for pesticides used in Greek agriculture based on their adverse health effects. In: Fourth International Conference On Advances in Applied Science and Environmental Technology- ASET 2016, 07-08 May 2016, Bangkok, Thailand.

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Abstract

Pesticide exposure is a major health and safety issue among farmers across the world. In occupational toxicology and epidemiology, information on exact doses and exposure rates is necessary, in order to identify specific risks at the individual and/or community level. Using a hazard-ranking scheme that takes into account both pesticide use and the possibility of adverse health effects (e.g. cancer, reproductive toxicity and endocrine disruption) can prioritize agrochemicals based on “weighted” estimates of corresponding risks. Here, we have used this methodological approach to assign health hazards for pesticides used in Greek agriculture. Based on this analysis, i) Atrazine, ii) Alachlor, iii) 1,3 Dichloro-propene, iv) Chlorotanolil and v) Metoalachlor were the top five hazard-adjusted pesticides, as regards the carcinogenic risk; whereas as i) Atrazine, ii) Alachlor, iii) Glyphosate, iv) Mancozeb and v) Fenthion, the top five in the list of endocrine-disruption risks. These data can be used effectively as reference to future occupational/epidemiological studies that focus on adverse health outcomes in agricultural communities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: hazard, ranking system, pesticide, Greek, agriculture, health, occupational exposure.
Depositing User: Mr. John Steve
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2019 12:10
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2019 12:10
URI: http://publications.theired.org/id/eprint/828

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