Farmworker Health and Safety

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.

ATV Safety

July 19, 2017
Agricultural workers all over the world rely on ATVs to complete tasks on the farm; however, despite the usefulness of ATVs, serious injuries can result from improper use.

Spring 2017 Newsletter

May 19, 2017
Marc Schenker, WCAHS Director, Retiring

Dr. Marc Schenker, Director of the Western Center for Agricultural Health andSafety (WCAHS), is retiring at the end of June.

Dr. Schenker founded the WCAHS, one of the original two National Institutes for Occupational Safety and Health Agricultural Centers.  There are now 11 regional centers covering the United States. WCAHS’s region includes Arizona, California, Hawai’i, and Nevada. Dr. Schenker has directed WCAHS for over 25 years.