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Table 2 Self-reported use of chemicals and personal protective equipment (PPE) in farming and non-farming participants (*X 2 (df 5, N = 55), p < 0.001)

From: Cholinesterase research outreach project (CROP): point of care cholinesterase measurement in an Australian agricultural community

Variables Farmers, n (%) Non-farmers, n (%)
Total participants 41 14
Agrichemicals Used or Self-Applied
Insecticides
 Not Used 6 (14.6) 2 (14.2)
 Used but not self-applied 5 (12.1) 0 (0)
  Used and self-applied *29 (70.7) 1 (7.1)
  Not Applicable 0 (0) 11 (78.5)
  No Response 1 (2.4) 0 (0)
Herbicides
 Not Used 2 (4.8) 1 (7.1)
 Used but not self-applied 4 (9.7) 0 (0)
Used and self-applied *34 (82.9) 2 (14.2)
 Not Applicable 0 (0) 11 (78.5)
 No Response 1 (2.4)  
PPE Frequency of use:
Gloves
 Always 24 (58.5) 1 (7.1)
 Sometimes 10 (24.4) 1 (7.1)
 Never 4 (9.7) 0 (0)
 Not Applicable 3 (7.3) 12 (85.7)
Face Protection
 Always 2 (4.8) 0 (0)
 Sometimes 15 (36.5) 0 (0)
 Never 18 (43.9) 1 (7.1)
 Not Applicable 6 (14.6) 13 (92.9)
Overalls/Coveralls
 Always 5 (12.2) 0 (0)
 Sometimes 14 (34.1) 1 (7.1)
 Never 17 (41.5) 0 (0)
 Not Applicable 5 (12.2) 13 (92.9)
Mask/Respirator
 Always 4 (9.8) 1 (7.1)
 Sometimes 22 (53.6) 1 (7.1)
 Never 11 (26.8) 0 (0)
 Not Applicable 4 (9.8) 12 (85.7)
Stirring/Mixing Agrichemicals
 Hand/arm 1 (2.4) 0 (0)
 Auto stirrer 14 (34.1) 0 (0)
 Stick or paddle 15 (36.6) 2 (14.3)
 Other 6 (14.6) 0 (0)
 Not Applicable 5 (12.2) 12 (85.7)