In data collected by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), nearly one out of five people who reported work-related pesticide illnesses were exposed to pesticides in indoor air. A bank was temporarily closed when workers became ill on the Monday following a weekend building fumigation. Six workers sought medical attention for symptoms from eye tearing to vomiting. This is just one instance in which workers – from office to retail employees – became ill when pesticides were used indoors.
Because workers and customers can become ill from pesticide use indoors, steps should be taken to eliminate or reduce human exposures. There are effective and safe ways to control pests without the use of sprayed pesticides. Click here for a fact sheet on how building managers can manage pests in the office safely.
CDPH provides information and resources for building management, employers, employees and pest control companies to prevent illnesses from the use of indoor pesticides. For more information, click here.
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