Characteristics of acute occupational pesticide exposures reported to poison control centers in Texas, 2000-2015. Academic Article uri icon


  • In the United States, there is limited literature on occupational pesticide exposures despite being associated with adverse health outcomes, including in large states such as Texas. The purpose of this article is to characterize occupational pesticide poison center exposures in Texas. Descriptive statistics were used to describe exposures (eg, exposure routes, type of pesticide, medical outcome, clinical effects, and temporal/seasonal patterns). From 2000 to 2015, there were 2,303 occupational pesticide poison center exposures. Common types of reported pesticides were insecticides (67.3%), herbicides (17.7%), and repellents (5.8%). The highest proportion of exposures were among those aged 20 to 29years (24.9%). The top clinical effect categories were gastrointestinal (25.8%), neurological (19.2%), and dermal (14.9%). Characterizing occupational pesticide poison center exposures can support improved surveillance systems and guide future research or interventions.

published proceedings

  • Arch Environ Occup Health

author list (cited authors)

  • Trueblood, A. B., & Shipp, E. M.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Trueblood, Amber B||Shipp, Eva M

publication date

  • January 2018