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Pesticide Exposure Reminder

In the past two weeks in Iowa, at least 45 workers were exposed to pesticides being applied by others using land-based sprayers or aerial application. The EPA estimates that 10,000 to 20,000 physician-diagnosed occupational pesticide poisonings occur each year, including fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, and sanitizers. These included farm workers, road crews, and tower workers.

 If someone has inhaled or swallowed a pesticide or gotten it in the eyes or on the skin:

  • Call 911 if the person is unconscious, having trouble breathing or having convulsions.
  • Call the Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222 to determine the proper first aid or treatment.
  • Determine the exact name of the product, the concentration, and the EPA registration number. Provide this information to Poison Control, emergency responders, and medical providers.
  • Check the label for appropriate first aid for the product.

 Human pesticide exposures resulting in medical signs or symptoms are required to be reported to IDPH. Visit idph.iowa.gov/ehs/reportable-diseases for a report form, call 800-972-2026, or contact the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222.

 Infographic: Let’s Talk About Pesticides in Your Home   npic.orst.edu/outreach/pesticideinfographic.pdf