Pesticide Biomonitoring in Florida Agricultural Workers

This 24-month study aims to collect pilot data on the various classes of pesticides found in biological samples provided by Florida farm workers following a day of pesticide application. The goals of this project include determining the types and concentrations of pesticides in the serum of applicators shortly after pesticide application; assessing the use of personal protective equipment among these applicators; and strengthening the relationship between the project team and the Farmworker Association of Florida. In addition, the researchers aim to evaluate the potential for using the outcomes of this line of investigation for research-to-practice programs to improve farm worker safety.

For more information contact Giffe T. Johnson, MPH, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Environmental/Occupational Risk Analysis and Management, University of South Florida, 813-974-3466,