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Contribution à l'évaluation de l'exposition de la
population francilienne aux pesticides

Abstract : Pesticides are widely used, for agricultural, industrial and residential purposes. This causes concern for animals, human and ecosystems. The non-dietary exposure of populations has not been well studied, especially in France. In this context, we focused on indoor environment and cutaneous contamination by selected pesticides, and tried to determine the internal exposure to some organophosphorus (OP) insecticides. This work was conducted in three phases.
First, we selected and developed the measurements and questionnaires to perform the study. A series of questionnaires were created, gathering sociodemographic information, information on environment of the house studied, and on lifestyle and probable sources of pesticide exposure (pesticide use habits, description of the products used) of the subjects. Selected measurements were indoor air measurement, cutaneous residues assessed by the means of hand wipes, and urinary dialkylphosphates, metabolites common to numerous OP insecticides. Analytical methods (gas and high performance liquid chromatography combined with selective detectors) were chosen, adapted and validated in collaboration with the INERIS laboratories. A selection of various insecticides, herbicides and fungicides was made, according to their use, their toxicity and their remanence.
The second phase was the application of this protocol to an adult population (n=41) occupationally exposed or non-occupationally exposed to pesticides. Measurements were done at the workplace of gardeners, florists and veterinary workers, and at home for non-occupationally exposed subjects. OPs, organochlorine and propoxur insecticides, as well as some herbicides and fungicides, were detected in air of every type of premises and on hands of every group of subjects. In our sample, gardeners and florists were mostly exposed to methyl-OPS, and veterinary workers to ethyl-OPs. General population was exposed to the same pesticides, but at levels somewhat lower. Urinary metabolites of OP insecticides did not significantly differ between the different groups ox exposure. This work allowed us to assess the feasibility of our study design.
The third part of this work consisted in studying the non-dietary exposure to pesticides of children aged of 6-7 years, attending school in three predetermined areas from the Ile-de-France region. Our hypothesis was that type of housing, and housing environment, could influence children's exposure to pesticides. We recruited 76 children living in houses and 54 living in apartments. In addition to measurements already described, house dust was also sampled for approx. 50% of the households. A garden, a cat and/or a dog were present in 55.5% and 29% of the households, respectively. At least one pesticide product was present in 94% of the homes, mostly insecticides. During the year preceding the study, 87% of the parents reported the use of at least one pesticide product, mostly insecticide (median quantity of 2.5 products used). More than 25% of the parents mentioned at least one professional pest-control operation at home. Lindane, alpha-HCH and propoxur were the most frequently detected compounds in indoor air (in 88%, 49%, and 44% of the samples, respectively). Due to the great number of non quantifiable values, non parametric statistics were performed. Air and hand OP levels were significantly correlated, whereas no correlation was observed with urinary DAP levels. Propoxur levels in air and on hands were also significantly correlated. Season of sampling, type of housing and ventilation were predictors of lindane and alpha-HCH air concentrations. Ventilation, use of insecticides against head lice and the presence of a garden were significantly associated with air concentrations of OP insecticides. Season of sampling, type of housing and plants inside the home were associated with levels of hand OP contamination of the children. Termiticide treatment, presence of a cat or a dog, and use of insecticide against head lice for the child studied influenced significantly urinary dialkylphosphate concentrations.
To conclude, the study design and the measurements we chose allowed us to describe non-dietary exposure to various urban populations from the Ile-de-France region. The factors which seem to influence this exposure suggest new orientations for future studies, to better define which subjects are overexposed.
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Ghislaine Bouvier. Contribution à l'évaluation de l'exposition de la
population francilienne aux pesticides. Sciences du Vivant [q-bio]. Université René Descartes - Paris V, 2005. Français. ⟨tel-00281181⟩



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