Are there any exposures of concern that have been identified by the Environmental Protection Agency?
During the Special Review of atrazine, the Environmental Protection Agency has identified several exposures of concern.
While there is little concern for short-term exposures of workers with proper protective clothing, there are concerns for those who have higher exposures from handling large amounts of this herbicide.
The highest potential for exposure to atrazine occurs in those who handle, mix, load or apply atrazine to large acreage of crops. Decreased application rates and the use of closed cabs has reduced exposure during agricultural applications. Many uses of atrazine to control weeds on right-of-ways have been eliminated over the years. However, in recent studies, the Environmental Protection Agency found exposures of concern in 30% of the applicators who used the proper personal protective equipment.