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Special Issue "Occupational Pesticides Exposure"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Occupational Safety and Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018).
Institute of Environmental Health, Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna, Kinderspitalgasse 15, Vienna A-1090, Austria
Interests: environmental and occupational epidemiology; environmental health impact assessment
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Department of Environmental Health, Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna, Kinderspitalgasse 15, Vienna A-1090, Austria
Interests: environmental and occupational epidemiology; environmental health impact assessment; child and adolescent public health
Pesticides are a diverse group of substances that are designed to be toxic towards various “pests”. These range from herbicides (against plants) to insecticides and rodenticides (against insects and rodents), or fungicides (against moulds). Many metabolic pathways and structures of receptors have been conserved throughout evolution. Therefore it is not surprising that highly toxic substances against one life form often also pose a threat to other life forms including humans.
Public health concerns focus on highly persistent substances that might accumulate in the food chain and may disrupt endocrine function, which is difficult to foresee by simple toxicological tests. The human health effects of pesticide exposure have been most frequently studied in relation to occupational exposure. Public anxiety, on the other hand, often relates to media reports documenting the identification of pesticides in foods (e.g. recent scandal with residues of fipronil in eggs). Although the best evidence comes from studies of occupational health exposure, it is challenging to account for the confounder of multiple exposures (highly variable type of agents, intensity, duration and frequency). In addition, long-term data is difficult to obtain as participants are lost to follow up, and the worst outcomes (e.g. in developing countries) are often poorly documented.
Only a combined examination of occupational health studies, studies in environmental epidemiology, and experimental toxicological studies will inform public health and policy makers as to the best course towards the use or non-use of pesticides.
Prof. Dr. Hanns Moshammer
Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Hutter
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- occupational exposure
- public health
- countries of the Global South