Accidental exposure to gas emissions from transit goods treated for pest control

Stefan Kloth, Xaver Baur, Thomas Göen & Lygia Therese Budnik
Background: International phytosanitary standards ISPM 15 require (since 2007) fumigation or heat treatment for shipping and storage. Those dealing with fumigated freight might be accidentally exposed. In this paper we report a series of three accidents of six storage room workers in a medium sized company regularly importing electronic production parts from abroad. Methods: Patients (n = 6, aged from 32–54 yrs.) and control group (n = 30, mean 40 yrs.) donated blood and urine samples. The fumigants: ethylene...
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