Pairing Epidemiological Research Results with a Practical Message to Improve Pesticide Applicators’ Personal Safety Practices

Amy E. Brown, Carol Ramsay, Carrie Foss

Abstract


Extension educators seek to effect positive behavioral changes in reducing pesticide exposures. Maryland and Washington Pesticide Safety Education programs incorporated Agricultural Health Study (AHS) research results in an audience response presentation. The AHS findings served as potential motivators to influence behavioral changes. The presentation was carefully designed to avoid overstating risk messages to applicators not involved in the studies, and to emphasize applicators’ ability to mitigate potential risks through regular use of exposure reduction practices. The results indicate safety educators can effectively deliver epidemiological research findings paired with a clear message of risk reduction measures applicators can adopt.


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