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Near Misses: Will They Predict or Prevent the Next Bad Accident?

Underlying the high number of workplace injuries are many near-miss incidents. The more often these incidents happen without preventative corrective actions, the more likely a serious accident will occur. 

Top 3 Ways to Stay Hydrated on a Hot Day

Your body needs a certain amount of water for your organs to work properly. If you don’t replace the water that you are releasing as sweat, your body will not function well.

Trainings Help Employers Adapt to Changing COVID-19 Prevention Regulations

COVID-19 safety continues to be a priority in workplaces throughout California as more people receive their vaccines. Still, employers and supervisors have many questions about best practices and state regulations as they design their COVID-19 prevention plans. AgSafe and the UC Davis Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety are hosting free trainings that can help.

Acclimatization: Getting Used to Working in the Heat

Heat-related illness poses a serious health risk to farmworkers, especially as their work season overlaps with hot summer temperatures. Workers are at higher risk of heat-related illness if they are not acclimated (or used to) the heat.

2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

Effective March 29, 2021, employers with 26 or more employees are required to provide up to 80 hours of COVID-19 related sick leave from January 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021.

UC Davis Launches $3 Million Project to Improve Farmworker COVID Safety

Funded by a $3 million contract with the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, the project provides workers, growers, farm labor contractors, community groups and others the training and safety information they need to reduce farmworkers’ risk of contracting COVID-19.

A Look Back at 2020

A look back at Center research, outreach, and training activities during the year 2020.

Research Highlight

The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety offers annual funding opportunities for outreach and education activities and short-term research to support projects related to agricultural health and safety in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada.

Research Highlight

The research team from the Parikh Environmental Soil Chemistry Lab at UC Davis examined chemicals in the ash and soil from different orchards following the Thomas Fire to assess the health risks to farmworkers working in areas affected by wildfires.

Sustainable Alternatives to Pesticides

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.