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Impact of the plant protection practices on the operators' exposure: survey by the communes and ministry of equipment and transport (MET-RW)
Godeaux, Denis [Ministère de la Région Wallonne > Direction Générale des Ressources Naturelles et de l'Environnement > Direction des Eaux de Surface > >]
Schiffers, Bruno mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Chimie et bio-industries > Laboratoire de Phytopharmacie > >]
Culot, Marc [Université de Liège - ULiège > Chimie et bio-industries > Biologie animale et microbienne >]
Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences
60th International Symposium on Crop Protection
Universteit Gent
[en] Plant protection practices ; operators exposure
[en] In order to gain a better understanding of non-agricultural pesticide use and to prepare the
legislative and technical dossiers required under the Water Framework Directive, between October 2006 and March 2007, two surveys were conducted of 97 Walloon communes and 65 districts of the Walloon Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MET) (General Directorates for Motorways and Roads and for Waterway Infrastructure). The questionnaire (26 questions on six topics) was sent by e-mail or fax, with a response rate of 60 out of 97 communes and 33 out of 65 districts. This article describes the health-related aspects of the surveys (environmental aspects are the subject of separate article). The surveys have brought to light a number of bad practices and a growing awareness of the non-agricultural users with respect to health risks. However, bad habits, legislation infringements and a failure to follow good plant protection practice are still a problem and pose major health risks (which endanger the operator and the public). Information, awareness-raising and, especially, training of people therefore remain a priority for nonagricultural users.
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