Bulletin of the World Health Organization
versão impressa ISSN 0042-9686
PHUNG, Dung Tri et al. Pesticide regulations and farm worker safety: the need to improve pesticide regulations in Viet Nam. Bull World Health Organ [online]. 2012, vol.90, n.6, pp. 468-473. ISSN 0042-9686. http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.11.096578.
Agricultural pesticide use in Viet Nam has more than tripled since 1990. However, pesticide legislation and regulations have not been developed in response to this large increase in usage, as a result of which pesticides pose a serious threat to human health and the environment. This paper identifies the need to improve pesticide regulations in Viet Nam through a comparative analysis of pesticide regulations in Viet Nam and the United States of America, where the rate of acute poisoning among agricultural workers is much lower than in Viet Nam and where information pertaining to pesticide regulations is made accessible to the public. The analysis identified several measures that would help to improve Viet Nam's pesticide regulations. These include enhancing pesticide legislation, clarifying the specific roles and active involvement of both the environmental and health sectors; performing a comprehensive risk-benefit evaluation of pesticide registration and management practices; improving regulations on pesticide suspension and cancellation, transport, storage and disposal; developing import and export policies and enhancing pesticide-related occupational safety programmes.