The Kenya Flower Council (KFC), the lobby group for the flower industry in Kenya, recognises that chemical poisoning is still a concern for the sector, but says it has put in place various measures to deal with the cases.
“The Kenya Flower Council Standard has provided requirements that are adhered to by the producers who are certified,” Clement Tulezi, the KFC Chief Executive Officer, said in an emailed response to Saturday Standard.
Mr Tulezi said producers ensure agrochemical handlers – storekeepers, spray men and supervisors – undergo a clinical examination at least twice a year but preferably every three months.
“Those persons involved in the handling and application of acids and fertilisers have a clinical examination at least once a year,” he said.
Other tests include the blood cholinesterase tests that have a baseline level test determined three months before joining the handling of the plant protection products or away from the pesticide exposure.