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California Heat Illness Prevention Study Findings

March 15, 2019

By Diane Mitchell and Chelsea Eastman Langer

Avoidable deaths and heat-related illnesses still occur among California farmworkers despite regulations from the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) and a campaign to encourage drinking more water and taking more rests in the shade. The California Heat Illness Prevention Study (CHIPS) aimed to provide new data to quantify the physiological and behavioral risk factors for heat related illness (HRI) and develop the findings to produce more effective workplace strategies to reduce risk.

Christopher Simmons Honored by Department of Pesticide Regulation

February 12, 2019
The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) honored Christopher Simmons, PhD, and his research team, with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Achievement Award for their work with biosolarization, a process that combines the sun’s heat with soil amendments to manage weeds and other soil-borne pests.

Schenker named ‘Leader in Field’ of Agromedicine

January 22, 2019
The Journal of Agromedicine has named distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Public Health Sciences, Dr. Marc Schenker, its “Leader in the Field” for 2019.

A Look Back at 2018

December 13, 2018
WCAHS had a very busy year with research and outreach activities throughout the western states.

Capsulas Educativas: Qué hacer si alguien se enferma por el calor

October 01, 2018

Por: Leslie Olivares

Los trabajadores del campo son especialmente vulnerables a las enfermedades por el calor debido a lo que su trabajo implica estar largas horas al aire libre y las temporadas de cosecha durante los meses más calurosos del ano. 

¡Siga leyendo para aprender consejos que sobre Prevención de Enfermedades Por el Calor para ayudarlo a mantenerse seguro y saludable y potencialmente salvar una vida!

How Depression Impacts Efforts to Address Obesity Among Farmworkers

August 10, 2018

Biological, lifestyle, and environmental factors all affect obesity, both in the general population and among farmworkers. However, less is known about the relationship between mental illness, such as depression, and obesity in the agricultural workforce. A recent study by investigators at the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS) sheds light on this gap in research and suggests that depression may reduce the effectiveness of workplace weight-loss programs. 

WCAHS Funds Seven Summer Projects as Part of a Short-Term Funding Cycle

July 19, 2018

This summer, seven agricultural health and safety projects will be carried out around the Western Region with funding from the Wester Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS). In March, WCAHS offered short-term funding through grants of up to $7,500 for research and outreach projects that address agricultural health and safety issues in California, Arizona, Hawaii, and Nevada.

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.