Dip damage

 作者:有花挟     |      日期:2019-03-08 07:03:00
By Michael Day THE British government this week warned doctors to look out for nerve damage in farm workers caused by organophosphate (OP) pesticides in sheep dips. The advice follows the publication of a survey by the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh, which found that almost a fifth of 600 workers using such dips reported symptoms of nerve damage. Given the correlation between the severity of these symptoms and the levels of OP metabolites in the workers’ urine, the report concludes that “at least some of the reported symptoms are due to exposure to sheep dip chemicals”. Deputy agriculture minister Jeff Rooker says the findings will be studied by the government’s Committee on Toxicity working group on OPs, due to report on sheep-dip safety in October. But campaigners against OPs are not satisfied. “It’s disgraceful the government hasn’t put an instant ban on them,” says Ian Gibson, a member of the House of Commons science and technology committee. “This is an indictment of a system which has tolerated these chemicals in the face of farmers’ ill health,” says Peter Beaumont of the Pesticides Trust in London. “These are highly dangerous chemicals and we shouldn’t be using them.” A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food says that the government does not want to pre-empt the advice of its scientific experts. Some of the problems may be caused by farm workers ignoring basic safety procedures,