Acute Pesticide Poisoning in South Korea

by Kahea Kanuha

Occupational pesticide poisoning is a big health problem among agricultural workers, but there have been few studies on the differences, if any, in risk factors related to severity of pesticide poisoning. Kim et al. (2013) interviewed 1,958 male farmers in South Korea to explore work-related risk factors related to acute occupational pesticide poisoning according to the severity of the poisoning. It was found that the risk of acute occupational pesticide poisoning increased with total days of pesticide application, working on larger farms, not wearing personal protective equipment such as gloves or masks, not following pesticide label instructions, applying the pesticide in full sun, and applying the pesticide upwind. Continue reading