Amy E. Brown, Jacob Z. Schmidt
This paper reports on a survey of parents and staff responses to the pesticide pre-notification program implemented in a Maryland county school system. The majority of parents and staff were satisfied with the amount, type, and timing of information provided in the pilot program. Less than 1% of staff and just 2% of parents stayed home or kept children home from school. Less than 5% of respondents believed they or their children had exhibited symptoms of pesticide illness from the school pesticide applications, although less than a third of parents and only 14% of staff reported watching for symptoms.Keywords: IPM schools pesticide safety health youth
Training pesticide applicators in non-English languages is more difficult than typical English-language training programs because of issues related to: 1) cultural context, 2) language, 3) communications, 4) resources, 5) perceived needs by industry and the public, and 6) socio-political factors. Cultural issues such as American attitudes held by trainers, and belief systems and practices, view of authority and community, and teacher-learner conventions held by ";foreigners,"; can significantly interfere with effective training. Problems of word choice, non-verbal communication, gender issues, resource limitations, perceived training needs, and socio-political issues are also discussed.
Keywords: pesticide safety education training non-English languages communication
Rose Marie Tondl, Larry Schulze
The purposes of this study were to determine Nebraska farmers’ knowledge of potential pesticide exposure, their use of personal protective equipment, related laundering procedures of pesticide-soiled clothing, perceived health risks from pesticides and to determine areas of emphasis in future Extension pesticide education programs. Part I data provided information about private applicators’ practices, their experiences in using pesticides, use of personal protective equipment and any signs and symptoms associated with the use of pesticides. Part II data provided information on practices used in laundering pesticide-soiled clothing. Educational efforts need to be aimed at certified pesticide applicators and launderers to insure reduced pesticide exposure and potential health risks. Emphasis needs to be made on wearing required personal protective equipment and to properly handle and clean pesticide-soiled clothing.
Keywords: farmers, Nebraska, pesticide, PPE, protective equipment, clothing, launderingFull Text: 25-104-1-PB.pdf
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