Respiratory Health

Perspectives on the Proposed Emergency Wildfire Regulation

July 03, 2019
During the May 8 advisory meeting of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) on Petition 573, the proposed emergency regulation to protect outdoor workers from wildfire smoke, perspectives from community members, organizations, and academic scientists were heard regarding the proposed emergency standard. 

Protecting Human Health in a Changing Climate

July 03, 2019
As extreme weather events occur more frequently and increase in severity each year, WCAHS is proud to welcome investigator, Kathryn (Katie) Conlon, PhD, and her research expertise related to adaptation strategies to protect human health in a changing climate.

2018–2019 Rapid Response Funding Awarded

May 21, 2019
Earlier this year, WCAHS accepted proposals for short-term projects that address research, outreach, or educational issues of agricultural health and safety in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and/or Nevada. Twelve competitive proposals were received and the following five projects were funded.

Respiratory Diseases in the Field and at Home / Enfermedades Respiratorias en el Campo y en el Hogar

La Iniciativa de Salud de las Américas, de la Universidad de California Berkeley, en colaboración con el Comité Cívico del Valle, invitan a promotores de salud del Valle Central a participar en este taller sobre Enfermedades Respiratorias en el Campo y en el Hogar.

Animal Agriculture, Air Quality, and Climate Change

April 17, 2019
Dr. Frank Mitloehner of the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis discusses the challenges that California dairies will face as they attempt to reduce agricultural emissions by 2030. 

A Look Back at 2018

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

Respiratory Health

What is respiratory health?

Agricultural workers are exposed to high levels of air pollution while working outside (e.g. environmental dust, transportation, and/or agricultural practices) and can be exposed to allergens when working in close proximity to animals, such as densely populated dairy or chicken farms.