Environmental pollution of chemical substances has become a significant health problem in developing countries. In the present study, the health effects of pyrethroids in relation to safety behavior were studied among tobacco-growing farmers in Kelantan, Malaysia. The results indicated that vibrotactile sensation and psychological performance were adversely affected by pyrethroid. It is thus suggested that subclinical health effects are caused by pyrethroid use; the effects could be prevented by safety handling of pesticides so that health education seems effective.
Developing countries, environmental pollution, health effects, pesticides