Article included in edition Volume XII :: Nr.2 :: December 2016

Critical And Topical Reviews

Pesticide Contamination and use of PPE: analyzing legal aspects and design

Luiz Antonio Meirelles1, Marcelo Motta Veiga2 & Francisco Duarte3
(1) Escola Politécnica, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro,
Av. Horácio Macedo, 2030, sala G-209, Prédio do Centro de Tecnologia, Cidade Universitária, CEP 21941-914, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
meirelles@ufrj.br
(2) Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Ministério da Saúde,
Rua Leopoldo Bulhões, 1480/503, Manguinhos, CEP 21.041-210, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Escola de Administração Pública,
Univ. Federal do Rio de Janeiro,
Rua Voluntários da Pátria, 107,
Botafogo
CEP 22.270-000
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
mveiga@ensp.fiocruz.br; marcelo.veiga@unirio.br
(3) Instituto Alberto Luiz Coimbra de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa em Engenharia – (COPPE), Univ. Federal do Rio de Janeiro,
Av. Horácio Macedo, 2030, G-209, Prédio do Centro de Tecnologia, Cidade Universitária, CEP 21941-914, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
duarte@pep.ufrj.br
Abstract

This article analyzes the use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) in the Brazilian Agriculture. The (in)adequacy of equipment is evident. In addition to not fully protecting the worker against the pesticide, they even aggravate the risks. PPE do not eliminate the unhealthy conditions as required by law and also increase the likelihood of contamination of rural workers in some activities. We discuss aspects of the legal validation of PPE. This process of legal validation for the manufacture and sale of PPE consists of tests in laboratories, by isolated aggressive agents, which may be considered a gap in the design process. The legal validation does not require the analysis of typical activities and/or experiments in more frequent use situations or more critical situations to the health of workers.

Keywords personal protective equipment (PPE), project, agriculture.