Myanmar Health Sciences Research Journal
Volume 24, Number 3
TITLE: Knowledge and practice of safety measures on agricultural pesticide utilization among farm workers in Kyauktan Township.
AUTHOR: Aung Kyaw Khant; Le Le Win; Kyaw Soe; San Shwe; Than Tun Sein
SOURCE: Myanmar Health Sciences Research Journal. 2012; 24(3): 151-156
ABSTRACT: Pesticides play an important role in prevention and control of pests and diseases of plants. The use of agricultural pesticide is common in maintaining and increasing crop yields. Pesticide poisoning is one of the specific occupational health problems among agricultural workers. In order to prevent pesticide toxicity in work place, safety precautions would be needed. The specific objectives of this study were to explore the awareness and practice of safety measures on pesticide utilization among farm workers and to find out the relationship between knowledge and practice of pesticide utilization of farm workers. A total of 141 farm workers from the three villages of Kyauktan Township, Yangon Region were involved in a cross-sectional descriptive study. Most of the respondents (70.2%) knew about wearing masks for protective measures and very few knew to wear apron and protective clothes. There was statistically significant association between educational status of the respondents and level of knowledge of safety measures on pesticide utilization in this study (p <0.05). Statistically significant association between level of knowledge and level of practice of farm workers (p <0.05) was also found. From an overall of the findings it is apparent that farm workers did not have adequate knowledge and proper practice for safe precaution against chemical pesticides. Thus, health education programmes to promote personal protective equipment are highly essential.
SUBJECT HEADINGS: Pesticides-utilization. Farmer . Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices