Farmworker Health and Safety

Wildfire Safety Tips

July 09, 2018

No matter where you are in California, it is likely you will experience smoke from wildfires this summer. Smoke contains fine particles that can harm health.

The young, elderly, and those with asthma or heart or lung conditions are at greatest risk. Symptoms may include coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing.

Stories from the Field: WCAHS Attends a Conference for Farmworker Women

March 20, 2018

Many of us are familiar with the story of Cesar Chavez and how he and other farmworkers organized themselves to fight for farmworker rights. Although much progress has been made, many farmworkers continue to work long hours in unsafe conditions and with low pay. Because of this, community leaders still play an essential role in improving the lives of farmworkers.

The Annual Farmworker Women’s Conference Combines Advocacy with Tradition

Cannabis Farmworkers' Safety and Health

February 20, 2018
Cannabis Farmworkers' Safety and Health Cannabis in California

Cannabis is the highest valued- albeit covert- agricultural product in California, with an estimated annual $23.3 billion in cash farm receipts. Approximately 13.3 million pounds of cannabis were produced in California in 2016. Between 165,000 and 230,000 farmers and farmworkers are estimated to be employed in California’s cannabis industry.

Fall 2017 Newsletter

November 28, 2017
In this issue... new dairy project funded, Farmers Veteran Coalition, Outreach in Mexico, WCAHS administration team complete, two awards for the California Heat Illness Prevention Study

Healthy Lungs and Agriculture

November 16, 2017

Agricultural workers face numerous airborne threats every day. Air pollutant emissions, soil fumigants, pesticides, mold, asbestos, and dust are a few of the potential lung health hazards that an agricultural worker can come into contact through work.

Wildfire smoke and pesticides – a dangerous mixture?

October 09, 2017

Wildfire smoke filled the air across much of the West this summer. That was certainly the case in Davis where researchers are studying the potential health risks of wildfire smoke. This risk may be magnified due to pesticide application across California’s vast agricultural land and the use of fire retardants to fight fires. 

Climate Change an Occupational Risk for Outdoor Workers

September 20, 2017

Climate change is presenting major occupational challenges, especially to those who work outside in extreme weather. Just think of the emergency personnel bravely responding to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, not to mention those who work outside regularly, such as landscapers and farmworkers.