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A review of the use of pictograms for communicating pesticide hazards and safety instructions: implications for EU policy

SB Emery, A Hart, C Butler-Ellis, MG Gerritsen-Ebben, K Machera, Pieter Spanoghe UGent and LJ Frewer (2015) HUMAN AND ECOLOGICAL RISK ASSESSMENT. 21(4). p.1062-1080
abstract
The literature was reviewed to assess the understanding and interpretation of pictograms used in pesticide exposure risk communication, and to assess the results in the context of the new European Union (EU) regulatory context for the sustainable use of pesticides. The results indicate that the understanding of pictograms used on pesticide labels by workers and operators is generally low. Standardized approaches, contrary to their claims, are not easily understandable, culturally neutral, or universally understood. Although there is scope for the greater use of pictograms in training, it is important to stress that they should never replace the full and frequent verbal training in a language understood by the trainee. They can, however, be used to complement training, facilitate recall, and encourage compliance. While the policy affecting the handling, labeling, and use of pesticides is applied across the EU, there has been no analysis of the different types of pictograms that have been used in the European context, nor the different ways that they are employed (e.g., on labels, on signs, during training), nor understanding of their meaning by European workers and operators. Furthermore, the implications for risk with residents and bystanders are less clear than for workers and operators.
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keyword
HEALTH, ATTITUDES, FARMERS, WORKERS, CANCER, COMPREHENSION, LABELS, RISK, risk communication, pesticide, EXPOSURE, agriculture, sustainable use directive, pictogram
journal title
HUMAN AND ECOLOGICAL RISK ASSESSMENT
Hum. Ecol. Risk Assess.
volume
21
issue
4
pages
1062 - 1080
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000346581800013
JCR category
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
JCR impact factor
1.306 (2015)
JCR rank
149/225 (2015)
JCR quartile
3 (2015)
ISSN
1080-7039
DOI
10.1080/10807039.2014.953894
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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5986228
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-5986228
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2015-06-08 15:21:44
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2016-12-19 15:47:01
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  author       = {Emery, SB and Hart, A and Butler-Ellis, C and Gerritsen-Ebben, MG and Machera, K and Spanoghe, Pieter and Frewer, LJ},
  issn         = {1080-7039},
  journal      = {HUMAN AND ECOLOGICAL RISK ASSESSMENT},
  keyword      = {HEALTH,ATTITUDES,FARMERS,WORKERS,CANCER,COMPREHENSION,LABELS,RISK,risk communication,pesticide,EXPOSURE,agriculture,sustainable use directive,pictogram},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {1062--1080},
  title        = {A review of the use of pictograms for communicating pesticide hazards and safety instructions: implications for EU policy},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10807039.2014.953894},
  volume       = {21},
  year         = {2015},
}

Chicago
Emery, SB, A Hart, C Butler-Ellis, MG Gerritsen-Ebben, K Machera, Pieter Spanoghe, and LJ Frewer. 2015. “A Review of the Use of Pictograms for Communicating Pesticide Hazards and Safety Instructions: Implications for EU Policy.” Human and Ecological Risk Assessment 21 (4): 1062–1080.
APA
Emery, S., Hart, A., Butler-Ellis, C., Gerritsen-Ebben, M., Machera, K., Spanoghe, P., & Frewer, L. (2015). A review of the use of pictograms for communicating pesticide hazards and safety instructions: implications for EU policy. HUMAN AND ECOLOGICAL RISK ASSESSMENT, 21(4), 1062–1080.
Vancouver
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Emery S, Hart A, Butler-Ellis C, Gerritsen-Ebben M, Machera K, Spanoghe P, et al. A review of the use of pictograms for communicating pesticide hazards and safety instructions: implications for EU policy. HUMAN AND ECOLOGICAL RISK ASSESSMENT. 2015;21(4):1062–80.
MLA
Emery, SB, A Hart, C Butler-Ellis, et al. “A Review of the Use of Pictograms for Communicating Pesticide Hazards and Safety Instructions: Implications for EU Policy.” HUMAN AND ECOLOGICAL RISK ASSESSMENT 21.4 (2015): 1062–1080. Print.