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    Re: Pesticides in Workplace and exposure

    Posted by Kay on 2/15/04

    Sorry to hear another person has had their life affected/runined by
    exposure to toxic chemicals. Your patient needs legal advice from
    a lawyer and you can supply the necessary substantiation.

    Regulation of indoor air quality has been successfully fought off
    by the affected industries so it is unlikely you will find much
    help there. Texas being home to so much oil and chemical industry
    would probably be the last state to adopt such measures.

    It is only in the last couple years that states have adopted
    measures that would even allow parents to learn of pesticide
    applications made in schools. Most of the legislation requires the
    parent to inform the school that they want to be informed, there is
    usually not a blanket notice. (see for information
    about doctors working on this issue in CT) Currently pesticides are
    applied wherever and whenever applicators and facility owners
    desire - including hospitals, preschools, schools, nursing homes,
    neighbors' yards, grocery stores, public buildings etc.

    Obtaining the names of the products used in the Courthouse would
    enable you to see what application restrictions may be on the
    label. If spraying the chair where a person comes in physical
    contact with the substance is a violation of the label, the
    applicators should be reported for that. For EPA registered
    products, they must be used according to the label instructions.

    If you are concerned that your patient needs prior notification of
    pesticide spraying to continue working, she may have to work
    through Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the American
    with Disabilities Act. They decide on a case by case basis, but do
    not usually decide favoraby for people affected by chemical
    exposure injuries and sensitivities.

    A plaintiff's toxic tort attorney could help your patient determine
    if there is a claim that could be made against the applicator, the
    manufacturer of the pesticide or even the building owner etc.

    If you are a person who truly cares about the well-being of your
    patients I would encourage you to read Chemical Exposures: Low
    Levels and High States by Nicholas Ashford and Claudia Miller.
    (Claudia Miller is a professor at Univ of TX Health Sciences Center
    at San Antonio)
    There you can get a good overview of the terrain of chemical
    exposures - health conditions, regualtory agencies and the role of

    If you are someone who frightens easily, you should probably adopt
    the protocol that most of the medical community has adopted:
    Interrogate your patient about past traumatic events, such as any
    form of abuse, divorced parents, infidelity of spouse etc. Then,
    take whatever comes up and label it as the source for
    current "somatic complaints" of your patient. Then, prescribe
    psychological treatment and prescriptions for psychotropic drugs.
    This is the industry preferred diagnosis for people injured by
    chemical exposures - or - American Gulag, as I call it.

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