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Methyl Bromide

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what information he has on reported cases of (a) illness, (b) eye infections and (c) cases of skin damage directly related to contact with methyl bromide.

In the period January 1987 to March 1993, a total of four cases of reported ill health, relating to two incidents, were confirmed by the pesticides incidents appraisal panel as being attributable to the use of methyl bromide.Information has also been obtained from incidents reported to the Health and Safety Executive under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1986. Since these regulations came into force, five such cases have been reported. These included one case of nose irritation; one of respiratory irritation and neurological symptons; and one of acute irritant effects.