Biological Monitoring

James B. Becker and James E. Lessenger

Key words: cholinesterase testing, organophosphates, carbamates, lead

Within agriculture there are two principal substances for which biological monitoring are effective: cholinesterase and lead. Biological testing is the monitoring of the body's physiology to detect early changes so that corrective action such as removal from exposure and safety training can be implemented. Respiratory monitoring is discussed in Chapter 19, and hearing monitoring is discussed in Chapter 35. Reproductive function monitoring such as sperm counts, are performed in certain chemical formulation processes, but not in agriculture.

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