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Table 2 Factors of importance for intoxications in humans and pollution of environment when handling pesticides (n = 171)

From: Occupational pesticide intoxications among farmers in Bolivia: a cross-sectional study

Factor % positive answers
Using gloves when handling pesticides 16 %
Using boots when handling pesticides 16 %
Using a plastic poncho when handling pesticides 3 %
Using a mask when handling pesticides 17 %
Washing hands after handling pesticides 69 %
Washing the whole body after handling pesticides 54 %
Changing clothes after handling pesticides 47 %
Chewing coca, smoking or eating during a spraying session 15 %
Spraying less than one day before harvest 25 %
Spraying products after harvesting and before taking them to the market 19 %
Entering a field the same day is sprayed 27 %
Blowing or sucking the nozzle of the knapsack sprayer when obstructed 49 %
Mixing pesticides at the borders of rivers or ponds 35 %
Washing knapsack sprayer in or at the borders of rivers or ponds 30 %
Throwing empty pesticide containers in the fields or into the rivers 72 %
Using pesticides as medicine for skin infections in humans (mainly scabies) 16 %
Keeping pesticides locked up 8 %