Sanitary risk analysis for farm workers exposed to environmental pollutants

  • Simone Pascuzzi | simone.pascuzzi@uniba.it Department of Agro-Environmental Science (DISAAT), Aldo Moro University of Bari, Italy.
  • Giovanni Russo Department of Agro-Environmental Science (DISAAT), Aldo Moro University of Bari, Italy.
  • Giacomo Scarascia-Mugnozza Department of Agro-Environmental Science (DISAAT), Aldo Moro University of Bari, Italy.
  • Giuseppe Verdiani Department of Agro-Environmental Science (DISAAT), Aldo Moro University of Bari, Italy.

Abstract

In Italy, a large number of agricultural areas are contaminated by organic and inorganic polluting substances. In such areas, the agricultural operators come into contact with the environmental contaminants through inhalation and dermic contact with dusts and vapour, and this exposure can potentially alter the biological equilibrium with consequent poisonings and/or work-related illness. The aim of this paper is to apply a methodological procedure for the numerical evaluation of the health risk for agricultural employees operating in open fields or inside greenhouses located in areas contaminated with organic pollutants. This procedure is in response to the lack of calculation models concerning these types of environment and agricultural activities. As a case study, this methodology has been applied to an agricultural area of southern Italy characterised by the presence of pollutants. The results underline that in this area there is a smaller concentration of pollutants in open field cultivations than inside greenhouses owing to a phenomenon of dispersion into the atmosphere. This numeric analysis will later be verified by measurements carried out in situ in order to evaluate the real situation on the ground.

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Published
2013-03-26
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Keywords:
contaminated soil, sanitary risk, farm operator safety.
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How to Cite
Pascuzzi, S., Russo, G., Scarascia-Mugnozza, G., & Verdiani, G. (2013). Sanitary risk analysis for farm workers exposed to environmental pollutants. Journal of Agricultural Engineering, 43(4), e21. https://doi.org/10.4081/jae.2012.e21