Heat Stress Pesticide Poisoning – Worker Protection Safety
The Symptoms of Pesticide Poisoning are quite similar to the symptoms of heat stress.
True or False?
Exposure to pesticides and heat stress share these common symptoms: Tiredness or dizziness. Headaches or blurred vision. Excessive sweating. Chest pains or trouble breathing. Nausea, stomach cramps or diarrhea.
Skin rashes and eye irritation are more typical of contact with pesticides, (especially from herbicides,. fungicides and EC’s – Emulsifiable Concentrates).
In warm weather and especially in closed areas such as greenhouses and shadehouses, heat stress is more probable than pesticide poisoning.
In any event, if the worker does not feel well, if something is not right, get him/her our of the work area, into the shade or cool area and, if symptoms persist, get medical help. (don’t forget to take a copy of the label to the first aid provider).