Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
SILVA, Tatiana Pastorello Pereira da; MOREIRA, Josino Costa and PERES, Frederico. Are tick medications pesticides? Implications for health and risk perception for workers in the dairy cattle sector. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.2, pp. 311-325. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012000200006.
This article seeks to characterize the risks related to the use of pesticides in dairy production, in terms of legislation, health and perception of risk for workers involved in this activity. It is based on methodological articulation that included: a) systematic review of the reference literature on the research topic; b) analysis of related legislation (veterinary products and pesticides); c) risk identification regarding the use of veterinary products formulated using active ingredients listed as pesticides; d) and risk perception analysis of a group of dairy production workers. Results indicate a situation of particular interest to Public Health. Regarding dairy production workers, the invisibility of risks associated with handling pesticides for veterinary use, increases their exposure and is related to several health problems, especially for women. This same invisibility leads to a neglect of the prohibition period between pesticide use and consumption of other products. Part of the problem may be associated with the non-classification of pesticides for veterinary use as 'pesticides' (they are classified as veterinary products), which highlights the importance and the urgency of discussion of the theme.
Keywords : Dairy production; Veterinary products; Pesticides; Risk perception; Occupational risks.