News

A Look Back at 2020

December 14, 2020

Outreach Events

The Outreach team organized and participated in 46 events, including virtual safety trainings, presentations, and radio interviews and reached 2,500 people.

Publications

WCAHS investigators published 22 reports in peer-reviewed journals discussing the results of their work.

Sustainable Alternatives to Pesticides: Reducing Toxic Exposure and Increasing Soil Health

October 26, 2020

Soil fumigants are a class of pesticides used to control soil-borne pests, such as nematodes and pathogens, and are commonly applied in the fall after harvest or in the spring as a pre-plant soil preparation in a number of major California specialty crops. However, many conventional and widely used soil fumigants, such as chloropicrin and 1,3-dichloropropene, have been identified as toxic and/or possibly carcinogenic.

Research Highlight: Readability of Health Communications for Farmworkers

October 26, 2020

by Sofia Ledesema

My name is Sofia Ledesema and I am one of the UC Davis Undergraduate Public Health Scholars who was funded this summer to conduct research under the mentorship of Dr. Kent Pinkerton at the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS). With the support of Dr. Pinkerton and Dr. Heather J. Hether from the UC Davis Communications Department, I created a study that focused on the readability of health communications for farmworkers.

Hazard Controls for COVID-19

August 05, 2020
Whether you are a farmer, FLC, or farm supervisor, just as you would consider the potential for safety hazards when introducing new equipment or processes into your operation, you should utilize a similar approach now with COVID-19.