- Understand the routes of contamination
- Identify the activities which will expose us to potential contamination by pesticides
- Take steps to prevent contamination
Routes of contamination through dermal
More than 90% of exposure cases worldwide are accounted for skin contact - the most common route of exposure.
The degree of hazard from dermal absoption depends on:
- Dermal toxicity of the formulation
- The extent of exposure (amount of body surface exposed)
- The part of body exposed
- The time between exposure and skin decontamination
Dermal contamination when preparinng the pesticides
Examples of exposure:
- Leaking containers
- Spillages / splashes
- Did not use appropriate PPE
Hands and arms are body parts most at risk when measuring and mixing pesticide concentrates.