Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
On-line version ISSN 1678-4561
LIMA, Estelita Pereira et al. Pesticide exposure and its repercussion in the health of sanitary agents in the State of Ceará, Brazil. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2009, vol.14, n.6, pp. 2221-2230. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232009000600031.
Sanitary agents are the most exposed ones to the effects of insecticides in eradication campaigns since its preparation until its application inside and outside houses. The lack of protection equipment and misinformation on how to use the material properly increase the risk of intoxication. The aim of this work was to analyze the occupational history of vector control sanitary agents in Ceará State, Brazil and its effects on their health. Individual recorded interviews were done with 10 agents who verbally described their life history. The content of these interviews were analyzed through the following categories: agent profile, endemic controls, work conditions, risks and health changes. Health risk situations were described from acute and chronic intoxication to problems with alcoholism. The research showed that sanitary agents have been disrespected as human beings as well as their labor rights, showing negligence by their employers.
Keywords : Occupational exposure; Insecticides exposure; Vector control.