Yes, pesticides are likely to affect those who are exposed to them in small or large doses regularly. Workers handing pesticides can be exposed to carcinogens, effects on the nervous system, hormone disruption, and skin and eye irritation to list a few. The effects of exposure to a highly toxic pesticide at a low level and a slightly toxic pesticide at a high level can be similar. They also risk exposure to multiple pesticides that have the same effect on the body, and this is called the “cumulative” effect. The EPA assesses the cumulative effect of such exposure on people before allowing pesticides to be used and sold, but often they only have to add a warning to the product label.
Yes, some pesticides are harmful to workers. Such pesticides affet their lungs making then have difficulty in breathing.
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