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Revista Costarricense de Salud Pública

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CHAPAGAIN K, Raj. International regulations of the use of pesticides: The Costarican experience. Rev. costarric. salud pública [online]. 2011, vol.20, n.2, pp.124-129. ISSN 1409-1429.

Pesticides are poisons designed to kill living organisms considered pests. Costa Rica have used these substances for pest control in agriculture for more than half a century since the first records of importation into the 1970s the use of these has been increasing. Today, Costa Rica remains one of the countries of Central America with the highest rates of pesticide use   Objective: The present study is to analyze the policies, rules and practices related to Costa Rican agricultural chemicals, in the light of international practice and case study of banana workers affected by the use of pesticides.   Development: The study establishes the agreement of the national policy, standards, regulatory instruments, control and monitoring of pesticide applications in relation to the existing internationally.   Conclusion: In Costa Rica about 25 000 workers were exposed to the product Nemagon in the banana. In addition, women and children of banana workers affected by the toxicity of these products

Keywords : Occupational exposition; Environmental policy; Environmental Illness; Toxicity; Costa Rica.

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