Copper levels in buccal cells of vineyard workers engaged in various activities.
Tim Thompson, David Freestone, Agnes A Michalczyk, M Leigh Ackland
Annals of Work Exposures and Health | Published : 2012
OBJECTIVES: Copper-based compounds have been used as agricultural fungicides for many years. Their use in Australia is escalating with increase in the scale of planting and associated pest problems. The objective of this study was to identify viticulture activities associated with high exposure to foliage sprays. It would be determined if occupational exposure of vineyard workers to copper-based sprays was associated with raised body copper levels through analysis of saliva and buccal cells. METHODS: The activities of six vineyard workers from four vineyards in the Yarra Valley Victoria, Australia, were monitored over a period of 2 years. During this period, workers carried out seasonal acti..View full abstract