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Pesticide Risk Perceptions, Knowledge, and Attitudes of Operators, Workers, and Residents: A Review of the Literature

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kyriaki Remoundou, Dr Mary Brennan, Professor Lynn FrewerORCiD



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The literature on the risk perceptions, knowledge levels, and attitudes of operators, workers, and residents in relation to non-dietary exposure to agricultural pesticides is reviewed. No literature was identified in relation to bystander exposure. Research has primarily been conducted on participants in developing countries and migrant workers in the United States. For operators and workers, illiteracy, poverty, and a perception that exposure to pesticides is an inevitable part of their work results in limited adoption of safety precautions while using and storing pesticides. As a result, risk communication activities aimed at operator and workers need to take account of the wider socioeconomic and cultural conditions in which workers and operators are working and living. There is less research focused on residents' and bystanders' perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors. The lack of European data in general, and residents' and bystanders' data in particular, represents a knowledge gap that is pertinent to emerging EU legislation requiring residents' and bystanders' inclusion in pesticide risk assessment. This review provides a comprehensive overview that can assist policy-makers, and risk communicators in the development of targeted training and awareness-raising material for operators, workers, bystanders, and residents. Areas for future research are suggested.

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Author(s): Remoundou K, Brennan M, Hart A, Frewer LJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal

Year: 2014

Volume: 20

Issue: 4

Pages: 1113-1138

Print publication date: 01/07/2014

Online publication date: 06/02/2014

Acceptance date: 16/04/2013

Date deposited: 29/09/2014

ISSN (print): 1080-7039

ISSN (electronic): 1549-7860

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/10807039.2013.799405


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265307BROWSE FP7 project