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Working safely with OPs (organophosphate insecticides) [online]

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Internet only - free access
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Length:
25 p. ; 30 cm.
Publisher:
Vancouver, B.C.: WorkSafeBC
Year:
2012
ISBN-ISSN:
0772629595
Type:
Electronic resource
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Abstract:
Insecticides are a type of pesticide used to kill or control insects. When organophosphate insecticides—commonly called OPs—enter the human body, an enzyme called cholinesterase can be prevented from controlling normal nerve and muscle function. OPs have a similar effect on insects.

Explains what employers, supervisors, and workers must do to work safely with OPs. It contains information on:
  • How exposure to OPs affects health
  • Signs and symptoms of OP poisoning
  • How OPs enter the body
  • How to find information on the hazards of OPs
  • Personal protective equipment
  • First aid treatment and emergency medical care for workers poisoned by OPs
  • Health protection programs and cholinesterase tests

The general information in this booklet on labelling, personal protective equipment, and the duties of employers, supervisors, and workers also applies to other types of insecticides.
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