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Pesticide exposure in agricultural workers in France: ANSES launches a call for additional contributions

In the context of expert appraisal work on the exposure of agricultural workers to pesticides, ANSES today issues the results of an initial systematic review whose objective is to list the available scientific articles on pesticide exposure of people working in the agricultural sector in France. The research method used is explained in detail, in the interest of transparency.  Identified, selected, and rejected references were listed separately.
This work will serve as a basis for making an inventory of the available data on pesticide exposure in agricultural workers. It will continue through end 2014 and will provide recommendations for improving knowledge on exposure and for limiting pesticide exposure in agricultural workers.


This public consultation phase aims to gather from the interested parties any scientific data as yet unidentified or unpublished that the parties consider worth bringing to the attention of ANSES.

Type of data sought

The subject of the data must be exposure to pesticides by people working in the agricultural sector in France.

  • Pesticides

Products used for crop protection, livestock parasite control and building treatments.
The range of pesticides selected for this expert assessment therefore covers three different European marketing authorisation regulations: regulation EC 1107/2009 (plant protection products), regulation 528/2012 (biocides) and Directive 2001/82/EC (veterinary medicinal products).
These products are either currently in use or have been used in the past.

  • People working in the agricultural sector

All people with jobs in agriculture, including casual workers and salaried workers not directly employed by farms but who may perform specific tasks on farming sites.
The populations excluded from the expert assessment include the maintenance personnel of green spaces, sports grounds and roads, and amateur gardeners. 

  • Exposure

The data must provide information on one or several of these topics:

  • exposed individuals (numbers, identity, etc.);
  • the products to which people are exposed (active ingredients, formulated products, mixtures of formulated products, etc.);
  • exposure doses (potential doses, external doses, internal doses, biometrological measurements, etc.);
  • exposure routes (respiratory route, cutaneous route, oral route, hand-to-mouth contact, etc.);
  • exposure contexts (preparation of spray mixtures, application, equipment cleaning , response to an incident, handling of PPE, re-entry  to a treated field, animal dips, etc.);
  • exposure determinants (risk awareness, market strategies, physico-chemical properties of the products, product packaging, sprayers, cabins, etc).

Data can be both qualitative and quantitative.
Some exposure contexts are at the limit of the expert assessment's scope. For example, exposure of a family living on a farm and/or directly linked to an operation associated with pesticide use (i.e. washing contaminated clothing) falls within assessment scope.
The types of exposure which are excluded from the scope of the expert assessment include food-based exposure, environmental exposure, exposure outside of farms or linked to non-agricultural activities on farms.

  • France

Includes both metropolitan France and its overseas territories.
Studies conducted in other countries are in principle excluded, unless extrapolation to French contexts is considered in them.

  • Disciplines

The expert appraisal aims to provide a cross-disciplinary approach in order to examine the issue of pesticide exposure from all angles.  Therefore, the call for contributions may include the following disciplines:

  • exposure science
  • metrology, including biometrology
  • epidemiology
  • ergonomics
  • economics
  • sociology
  • occupational health


  • Publication dates

All studies are included, regardless of language.

  • Languages

All studies are included, regardless of language.

Data transmission methods

It is preferable for interested parties to use the dedicated Contribution form to submit data.
It is also possible to use the dedicated e-mail address :
Please indicate at the top of your message information on your identity (first and last name, job title/position), and the name of the organisation under whose name you are responding to this consultation if you are not submitting the data under your own name.
Contributions must be received by April 20th, 2014.