Solutions – Information on Pesticides

This document by the National Museum of the American Indian- Smithsonian Institution, contains a bibliography of selected resources and presentations pertaining to the topic of pesticides and repatriated objects. As items are returned to tribal communities, past exposure to chemicals and pesticides becomes an issue due to the health risks involved.

The website of the Association of American Pesticide Control Officials provides a directory of pest control officials by state.

Information on pesticides and alternatives to their use.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency site gives information on pesticides, pollutants and legislation.  The Office of Pesticide Programs offers an immense amount of information on pesticides.

The Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Poison Programs provides an online version of their handbook “Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisons”.  Information on toxicology, signs and symptoms of poisoning and treatment is given.

Extension Toxicology Network “Extoxnet” offers a search engine and extensive literature on pesticides including pesticide information profiles and toxicology information.

PANNA (Pesticide Action Network North America) works to replace pesticide use with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives.  The goal is to local and international consumer, labor, health, environment and agriculture groups into an international citizens’ action network. This network challenges the global proliferation of pesticides, defends basic rights to health and environmental quality, and works to insure the transition to a just and viable society.

The National Pesticide Information Center provides information on pesticide products, toxicology and environmental chemistry with MSDS database and more.

The University of Nebraska Pesticide Education Resources page offers general pesticide-oriented literature plus links to numerous other sites.

Handbook of Pesticide Toxicology
1991, Hayes, W.J., Jr., and E.R. Laws, Jr. (eds.), 3 volumes, Academic Press.

  • Covers general principles of pesticide toxicology, effects of pesticide classes, and data on 256 compounds that have documented human effects.

Pesticide Users’ Health and Safety Handbook: An International Guide
Watterson, A., 1989, Van Nostrand Reinhold. (out of print.)

Linnie, M.J. 1990. “Conservation: Pest Control in Museums – The Use of Chemicals and Associated Health Problems,” International Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship, Vol 9. pp. 419 – 433.

  • Provides an overview to many of the chemicals currently used in museums and their documented health effects.

Rossol, M. and W.C. Jessup 1996. “No Magic Bullets: Ethical Considerations for Pest Management Strategies,”International Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship, Vol. 15. No. 2, pp. 145-168.

  • This paper provides a cohesive and authoritative understanding of the ethical, legal, and regulatory aspects of pest management which must be considered when selecting treatments. Many biocides used in museums have been categorized by chemical class.  Also included are some of the hazards associated with their use, the OSHA rules which must be followed, and the guarantees and assurances which should be written into contracts with commercial pest control operators.
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