Cross contamination by chemicals of farming family members


Exposure to chemicals is one of the biggest risks of farmers, their families and employees. The overall aim is to encourage people to be more aware of how they are handling chemicals to reduce the risk of preventable diseases. The project idea was developed by the SEPWA Executive who are aware that the chemicals that they are using on their farms may be affecting their children’s and wives health. As a grower organisation aiming to improve the quality of grain exported from the Esperance Port Zone, the Executive are well aware that chemicals are an important part of broadacre farming therefore by being at the fore front of research, they are protecting not only the economic health of the industry but the health of their families. This project is a pilot study with the vision that it will be replicated in other parts of Australia and industries outside grains eg. cotton and sugar. Grower groups in Western Australia are particularly keen to replicate the project so that the information is locally relevant. The Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health’s Jacki Ward, Senior Project Officer and Registered Nurse will conduct the project in conjunction with the South East Premium Wheatgrowers Association. Interested interstate universities such as Deakin and Flinders will assist with the project. The project will be conducted in three phases.


Primary Industries Health and Safety

Research Organisation

South East Premium Wheat Growers' Association

Objective Summary

To determine if farmers have chemicals in their bodies. To determine if non spraying family members have chemicals in their bodies. To determine if there is a correlation between the amount of chemicals in each person within a farming family/business.

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Project Stage


Project Start Date

Monday, November 15, 2010

Project Completion Date

Monday, June 16, 2014

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Promoting and maintaining good health

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

PIHS-To improve the safety environment and work practices in farming and fishing industries


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Cross-contamination by Chemicals of Farming Family Members