Q. Has the number of accidents changed over the years?

A. Yes. There is no doubt that over the past 40 years since the use of CPPs became widespread, much has been learned about their safe use. Training and education programs focused on effective and safe use as well as publicity about the dangers of overuse and misuse have all served to increase users awareness of the need for care when handling and using CPPs. Recent evidence suggests that while accidents and occupational incidents still occur, the majority of growers are using crop protection products without harm to their health and a good deal of progress has been made in adopting safe use practices.