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WCAHS Has a New Four Year Research Project

An additional research project, “Reducing occupational exposure to zoonotic pathogens in California dairy farmworkers,” has been awarded funding from the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, increasing the number of primary WCAHS research projects to five.

Stories from the Field

WCAHS provides a free heat illness prevention training to employees of Del Bosque Farms in Firebaugh, CA

Healthy Lungs and Agriculture

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.

Reducing Lower Back Pain Related to Farming

Lower back pain is one of most serious health problems for farmworkers, and it can result from the intensive manual work that farming requires, such as carrying heavy objects or working long hours in a stooped posture.

Spotlight Series

ASHCA is a coalition of farms, ranches, producer associations, and other related agricultural people, organizations and businesses joining together with safety associations, government agencies, safety professions, and educational institutions (such as the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety [WCAHS]).

Wildfire Smoke and Pesticides

Potential health risks of wildfire smoke may be magnified due to pesticide application across California’s vast agricultural land and the use of fire retardants to fight fires. 

Meet New WCAHS Director Kent Pinkerton

The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS) has a new director - Dr. Kent Pinkerton - who specializes in air pollution and agriculture.