Potential exposure for detasseling crew

crop dusterWhen do you know if you have been exposed to farm chemicals? A recent Iowa news article highlighted a group of youth that were in a field detasseling corn and could smell the chemicals being applied in the field next to them by a crop duster. After the group stopped working and refused to continue, fearing harmful exposure, they were sent home for the season.

So were they exposed to harmful chemicals? If you can smell the chemicals in the air does that mean you are being exposed and can experience symptoms? Farm Safety For Just Kids has always stood by the fact that children should be indoors and away from any kind of chemical application, to remove the possibility of being exposed.

After reading the Iowa article, what do you think? Were the youth involved right to fear possible contamination or were they ok to continue working because the crop duster knows his regulations and restrictions? Let us know by commenting below!


About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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