Press Kit

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About the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS) 

The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety conducts multidisciplinary research, engages in outreach and provides education and training related to the prevention of illness and injury in the Western region of the United States. WCAHS also partners with communities and agricultural stakeholders in the transfer of knowledge from research to professional practice and policy. WCAHS is based at the University of California, Davis and is funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health

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WCAHS is dedicated to raising public awareness of the social and economic importance of agricultural health and safety in the Western Region. We encourage use of all of our content; please give appropriate recognition or credit to the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety at the University of California, Davis as the source. See the links below for media-ready relevant information about the Center. 

Research 

The WCAHS research program focuses on pressing occupational health issues in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada, which is an important region for the nation's food production. Agricultural jobs are vital but they are among the most dangerous for workers because they involve manual labor and unique occupational hazards. 

WCAHS research focus areas include:

  • Heat illness and its economic impact
  • Mechanization and ergonomic solutions
  • Pesticides and alternatives to fumigation
  • Agricultural practices and air pollution
  • Prevention strategies for sexual harassment in agriculture
  • Obesity and diabetes in immigrant farmworkers
  • Climate change and agricultural health and safety

Outreach 

WCAHS works with community partners to disseminate evidence-based best practices to stakeholders, including farmers, farmworkers, agribusiness, policy makers, non-profit organizations, unions and others that support the health and safety of those working in agriculture. Educational materials are culturally and linguistically tailored to diverse audiences in order to support understanding and uptake of research findings. 

Training

WCAHS offers free training courses and educational programs in English and Spanish to reduce occupational injuries and illness in the agricultural workplace. Trainings are customized for different audiences, including growers, farm labor contractors, safety officers, promotores (lay health workers), community advocates, and others.

Popular education and participatory adult learning methods are used. WCAHS also provides educational materials to help employers train their workers on health and safety. WCAHS training topics include:

  • Heat illness prevention
  • Pesticide safety
  • Hazard identification and control
  • Workers’ occupational health and safety