Pesticide and Heavy Metal Poisoning Reporting Information
Due to the seriousness of pesticide and heavy metal poisoning and the lack of understanding of the magnitude of the problem in Hawai‘i , the HDOH has made them reportable conditions. Pursuant to HAR 11-5, physicians and laboratory directors are required to report cases or suspected cases of pesticide or heavy metal poisoning. HDOH recognizes that successful control of environmentally related conditions depends on two factors: recognition and diagnosis of cases by health care workers, and the implementation of surveillance, prevention, and control programs.
In order to meet these needs, the surveillance project will be responsible for:
- Maintaining statewide surveillance data;
- Managing the reported cases, including followup studies, if necessary; and
- Developing and coordinating related surveillance activities including physician education seminars, information dissemination, and technical consultation.
It is expected that this will heighten physician awareness, increase present knowledge, and encourage the reporting of pesticide and heavy metal poisoning.
See Children Lead Poisoning Prevention for additional information.
In case of a suspected pesticide exposure, see the Pesticide Illness Reporting page for instructions.
Health care providers are required to report to the HDOH within one day any case of pesticide or heavy metal poisoning as specified in the table below. For reporting purposes, pesticide and heavy metal poisoning include acute poisoning or any subacute illness caused by, or believed to be caused by, these toxic agents.
For reporting purposes, call 586-4249 on O‘ahu, or 1-800-468-4644 ext 4249 from the Neighbor Islands.
Reports provided to the HDOH about persons diagnosed with an environmentally related illness or injury shall be confidential, as specified in HRS §321-315. For toxicology reports on the pesticides and metals contact the HEER Office.