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close this bookGuide to Health and Hygiene in Agricultural Work (ILO, 1979, 328 p.)
close this folder6. Organisation of occupational health services and medical inspection of labour in agriculture
close this folder6.5. Organisation of first aid
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View the document6.5.3. Poisoning prevention centres

6.5.3. Poisoning prevention centres

The frequency of poisoning, not only of agricultural but also of industrial, domestic and medicinal origin, is enough to justify the creation of poisoning prevention centres. The diversity of agricultural chemicals is too great for anyone but a specialist to diagnose and treat cases of poisoning correctly. Modern methods of resuscitation require specialist personnel. It is therefore desirable to provide for the establishment of such centres, especially in rural areas.

These regional poisoning prevention centres could act as both treatment centres and information centres. If treatment cannot be given, information becomes necessary.

To keep the information provided by the regional centres up to date, it would seem desirable to set up national centres that would centralise and disseminate new knowledge.