Pesticides re-entry dermal exposure of workers in greenhouses.

V. Caffarelli, E. Conte, A. Correnti, R. Gatti, F. Musmeci, G. Morali, G. Spagnoli, G. Tranfo, L. Triolo, M. Vita, G. Zappa

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This research has the aim to evaluate the risk of pesticide dermal exposure for workers in greenhouses. We considered the following crops: tomato, cucumber and strawberry, largely spread in Bracciano lake district. The pesticides monitored were: tetradifon on strawberry: metalaxyl, azoxystrobin and fenarimol on cucumber; acrinathrin, azoxystrobin and chlorpyrifos ethyl on tomato. The dermal exposure was evaluated by Dislodgeable Foliar Residue (DFR) measurements employing transfer coefficients got from literature. For risk evaluation, we have compared the dermal exposures with Acceptable Operator Exposure Levels (AOEL). The re-entry time were obtained intercepting the dose decay curves with AOEL values. The re-entry times result higher than two days in the cases of chlorpyrifos on tomato (re-entry time: 3 days), azoxystrobin on tomato (4 days), and tetradifon on strawberry (8 days). The need of measuring specific transfer coefficients is pointed out.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)733 - 742
Number of pages10
JournalCommunications in agricultural and applied biological sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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Caffarelli, V., Conte, E., Correnti, A., Gatti, R., Musmeci, F., Morali, G., ... Zappa, G. (2004). Pesticides re-entry dermal exposure of workers in greenhouses. Communications in agricultural and applied biological sciences, 69(4), 733 - 742.