Below you will find a brief list of accessible online resources, websites, and courses focused on pesticides and human health issues.
Paraquat is a Restricted Use Pesticide and is highly toxic to humans if ingested. One small accidental sip can be fatal and there is no antidote. Health care providers may consider advising patients to never transfer pesticides out of their original containers. Pesticide exposure is a reportable condition in many states.
The purpose of this manual is to provide healthcare providers with current consensus recommendations for treating patients with pesticide–related illnesses or injuries. This book addresses pesticide toxicology, signs and symptoms of poisonings, and treatment for major types of pesticides. James Roberts, MD, MPH and J. Routt Reigart, MD co-authored the text, which also covers chronic health effects of pesticide exposures.
Copies of the 6th edition are available in English at no cost from the EPA website.
These guidelines help primary health care providers recognize and effectively treat pesticide toxicity. The National Environmental Education & Training Foundation (NEETF) released national pesticide competency and practice skills guidelines for physicians and nurses—part of NEETF's 10-year National Strategies for Health Care Providers: Pesticides Initiative. These two companion documents were developed specifically for everyday, front-line health care professionals. The Initiative has been developed in response to a gap in health professional education and the public health risks posed by the widespread use of pesticides in the United States. For more information, contact: The National Environmental Education & Training Foundation, National Strategies for Health Care Providers: Pesticides Initiative; 1707 H Street, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20006-3915; (202) 833-2933, x535; email@example.com.
OEHHA offers educational courses to health care providers on the recognition, treatment, and reporting of pesticide-related illness and injury.
This brochure describes all available OEHHA pesticide courses.
The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs) are a source of medical information and advice on environmental conditions that influence reproductive and children’s health. PEHSUs are academically based, typically at university medical centers, and are located across the United States and Canada. These PEHSU form a network that is capable of responding to requests for information throughout North America and offering advice on prevention, diagnosis, management, and treatment of environmentally-related health effects in children.
Enhancing Rural Nursing Practice through Distance Learning. The AgriSafe Nurse Scholar program is a distance learning opportunity available to rural nurses. Distance education (a total of 18 hours), provided by experienced health & safety educators will enable rural nurses to increase their knowledge base in prevention, identification and assessment of diseases related to agricultural work exposures. Classes are in the form of webinars that can be viewed live or OnDemand (your own time).
MCN has developed resources to educate clinicians and others about the recognition and management of pesticide exposures. In addition, they have developed patient education materials to help migrant and seasonal farmworkers protect themselves and their families.
PERC is a 5-year cooperative agreement between the EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs and University of California Davis Extension, in collaboration with Oregon State University.