Examination of Pesticide Poisoning Deaths Statistics in Korea and Precautionary Measures Against Pesticide-Poisoning

국내 농약중독 사망사고 현황분석과 사고 예방대책

  • 정미혜 (농업과학기술원 농산물안전성부) ;
  • 김진화 (농업과학기술원 농산물안전성부) ;
  • 박경훈 (농업과학기술원 농산물안전성부) ;
  • 이희동 (농업과학기술원 농산물안전성부) ;
  • 유아선 (농업과학기술원 농산물안전성부) ;
  • 김병석 (농업과학기술원 농산물안전성부) ;
  • 최주현 (농업과학기술원 농산물안전성부) ;
  • 권오경 (농업과학기술원 농산물안전성부)
  • Published : 2008.06.30

Abstract

The data on pesticide poisoning death toll during 2000-2005 was obtained from Korean National Statistical Office and analysed to find out any precautionary measures against pesticide poisonings. Pesticide poisoning death toll showed slightly increasing trend with year up to about 3500 in 2005. Most of the pesticide poisoning death cases were intentional self-poisoning accounting for more than 80% of total pesticide poisoning death. The pesticide most often implicated in poisoning death were paraquat dichloride, a non-selective herbicide and organophosphate/carbamate insecticides. The regional distribution of pesticide poisoning death showed urban 21.6% and rural area 78.4%. As for the occupation of the dead, agricultural, forestry and fishery workers accounted for 27.4% and non-agricultural workers was 72.6% of pesticide poisoning death. Therefore, government need to take some precautionary measures to reduce the number of pesticide poisoning cases. It is strongly recommended that pesticide regulatory authorities encourage and train the agricultural workers to use safe storage boxes and enforce strict regulation for the prevention for the prevention of highly toxic pesticides sales to non-agricultural workers.

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