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Special Occupational Hazard Review for Aldrin/Dieldrin
  • Published Date:
    September 1978
  • Status:
    current
Filetype[PDF - 2.83 MB]


Details:
  • Corporate Authors:
    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Document Type:
  • Description:
    Although aldrin and dieldrin are no longer produced in the U.S., they may still be utilized for certain restricted uses, including subsurface ground insertion for termite control, dipping of non-food roots and tops, and mothproofing by using closed-system manufacturing processes. Though the use of aldrin and dieldrin is banned in many foreign countries, these insecticides are still manufactured in a number of European countries and are used throughout the world for public health purposes.

    Although aldrin and dieldrin are more acutely toxic to humans that DDT, their acute oral toxicity is nevertheless quite low. Like DDT, documented chronic toxicity in humans, clearly related to aldrin or dieldrin, is non-existent. Results of animal experiments, however, do indicate that aldrin and dieldrin have considerable potential for carcinogenic effects in humans. Based on the demonstrated potentials for induction of tumors in both rats and mice by aldrin and dieldrin, NIOSH recommends that these two pesticides be controlled and handled in the workplace as suspected occupational carcinogens, and exposure be minimized to the greatest extent possible.Although aldrin and dieldrin are no longer produced in the U.S., they may still be utilized for certain restricted uses, including subsurface ground insertion for termite control, dipping of non-food roots and tops, and mothproofing by using closed-system manufacturing processes. Though the use of aldrin and dieldrin is banned in many foreign countries, these insecticides are still manufactured in a number of European countries and are used throughout the world for public health purposes.

    Although aldrin and dieldrin are more acutely toxic to humans that DDT, their acute oral toxicity is nevertheless quite low. Like DDT, documented chronic toxicity in humans, clearly related to aldrin or dieldrin, is non-existent. Results of animal experiments, however, do indicate that aldrin and dieldrin have considerable potential for carcinogenic effects in humans. Based on the demonstrated potentials for induction of tumors in both rats and mice by aldrin and dieldrin, NIOSH recommends that these two pesticides be controlled and handled in the workplace as suspected occupational carcinogens, and exposure be minimized to the greatest extent possible.Although aldrin and dieldrin are no longer produced in the U.S., they may still be utilized for certain restricted uses, including subsurface ground insertion for termite control, dipping of non-food roots and tops, and mothproofing by using closed-system manufacturing processes. Though the use of aldrin and dieldrin is banned in many foreign countries, these insecticides are still manufactured in a number of European countries and are used throughout the world for public health purposes.

    Although aldrin and dieldrin are more acutely toxic to humans that DDT, their acute oral toxicity is nevertheless quite low. Like DDT, documented chronic toxicity in humans, clearly related to aldrin or dieldrin, is non-existent. Results of animal experiments, however, do indicate that aldrin and dieldrin have considerable potential for carcinogenic effects in humans. Based on the demonstrated potentials for induction of tumors in both rats and mice by aldrin and dieldrin, NIOSH recommends that these two pesticides be controlled and handled in the workplace as suspected occupational carcinogens, and exposure be minimized to the greatest extent possible.Although aldrin and dieldrin are no longer produced in the U.S., they may still be utilized for certain restricted uses, including subsurface ground insertion for termite control, dipping of non-food roots and tops, and mothproofing by using closed-system manufacturing processes. Though the use of aldrin and dieldrin is banned in many foreign countries, these insecticides are still manufactured in a number of European countries and are used throughout the world for public health purposes.

    Although aldrin and dieldrin are more acutely toxic to humans that DDT, their acute oral toxicity is nevertheless quite low. Like DDT, documented chronic toxicity in humans, clearly related to aldrin or dieldrin, is non-existent. Results of animal experiments, however, do indicate that aldrin and dieldrin have considerable potential for carcinogenic effects in humans. Based on the demonstrated potentials for induction of tumors in both rats and mice by aldrin and dieldrin, NIOSH recommends that these two pesticides be controlled and handled in the workplace as suspected occupational carcinogens, and exposure be minimized to the greatest extent possible.

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