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Evaluation of Pesticides Storage, Transportation Policies, Procedures and Their Hazards and Impact on Handlers and Near-by Residents "With special emphasis on the importance and need for extension and

Evaluation of Pesticides Storage, Transportation Policies, Procedures and Their Hazards and Impact on Handlers and Near-by Residents "With special emphasis on the importance and need for extension and

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Title: Evaluation of Pesticides Storage, Transportation Policies, Procedures and Their Hazards and Impact on Handlers and Near-by Residents "With special emphasis on the importance and need for extension and
Author: Elzein, Hala Mohamed El Bakri
Abstract: This study was carried out to evaluate the current policies and procedures of pesticides storage, their legal requirements, and the negative impact of current management systems on the working staff and people living and/or working in the neighborhoods of the pesticides stores. The study utilized primary data obtained from two surveys using questionnaires administered by the researcher herself. The first questionnaire covered 138 randomly selected residents living around Alsamrab pesticide store. The second questionnaire was covered 87 workers in the Plant Protection Directortive HQs (PPD). Assessment of the working environment in the PPD stores was carried out. Parameters evaluated included heat and light measurements. The regulations governing pesticides storage and transport as cited in the Pesticide Act 1994 and its relevant by-laws and international standards, were reviewed and analyzed. Coordination level between the various organizations involved in pesticides activities in Sudan was assessed. Frequency distribution and Pearson correlation coefficient tests were used to analyse the data. The study has revealed the absence of extension services and training in many aspects related to pesticides activities such as storage, handling and transportation as well as the low level of knowledge of pesticides hazards among the personnel engaged in the PPD HQs and people residing near Alsamrab pesticides store. Also the study has shown the non-enforcment of regulations related to storage, handling and transportation of pesticides as cited in the Pesticide Act 1994. The study revealed that people working with pesticide are more susceptible to their hazards. Also there is a possibility of hazard to those living or working in the neighbourhood of the pesticides stores Those target groups claimed to suffer from many symptoms related to accute and chronic pesticides poisoning. The study has indicated that extension services are not functioning in the establishment of a system of complementary relationship among the concerned institutions and other national stake-holders. Also the study revealed that there is a lack of awareness among governmental officials in the Urban Development and Investment Authority about allocation of sites and zones for chemical factories, stores and hazardous industries. The study recommends the following Continuous training of personnel involved in pesticides stores. Relocation of pesticides stores in residential or populated areas to other suitable places Suggestion of some ammendments and/or additions to the regulations regarding storage and transportation of pesticides in the relevant by-laws. pre-employment and periodical medical examination for the workers, occupationally exposed to pesticides. Environmental monitoring in the areas covered by chemical industries utilization and storage. Enforcement of the legislation concerning selection of suitable locations of pesticides stores. Encouragement of protective measures and gear for workers occupationally exposed to pesticides. Representation of the Agricultural Extension Department as one of the important departments in the National Pesticides Council. Provision of extention services and training to concerned targets. Environmental awareness raising and training for governmental officials in the Urban Development Department, Investment Corporation and other Relevant Departments. Creation of high level of coordination with various organizations involve in the pesticides activities
Description: 2003229 page
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/handle/123456789/10414
Date: 2015-05-07


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