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Environmental & Occupational Safety
The mission of AERC is to understand and apply ergonomic approaches to development and evaluation of equipment designs and work practices that prevent musculoskeletal disorders in agricultural work. Its objectives are to study and describe the ergonomics of agricultural work practices; to design and evaluate tools and systems which reduce ergonomic risk factors that contribute to musculoskeletal disorders; and to facilitate dissemination and application of research results.
This project was created by California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. and California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation. The organization’s mission is to improve farmworker health, safety, safe transportation, access to safe drinking water and housing. Some of the services they offer relating to the above topics include legal advice, legal referrals, negotiation between employers and employees, representation, community outreach and community education. Among these, they have a section of their website devoted to machine safety and they recognize it as one of the most difficult and dangerous aspects of agricultural work. The website also hosts links and resources for further research on machine safety.
EPA's mission is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment - air, water, and land - upon which life depends. EPA provides leadership in the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. EPA works closely with other federal agencies, state and local governments, and Indian tribes to develop and enforce regulations under existing environmental laws. EPA is responsible for researching and setting national standards for a variety of environmental programs and delegates to states and tribes responsibility for issuing permits, and monitoring and enforcing compliance.
The FIRC is a farm worker advocacy website dedicated to providing totally confidential help and resources to injured farm workers.
Asbestos.com is one of the largest and most comprehensive sites on the web today with 3,500 pages of content focusing on Mesothelioma and other cancers that are caused by asbestos exposure. A patient’s mesothelioma prognosis, or the probable course and outcome of a disease’s influence on the body, is influenced by numerous factors.
Mesothelioma Guide is a comprehensive resource for patients with mesothelioma, offering instant access to top doctors, cancer centers and treatment options. Symptoms start with chest and breathing pain as well as abdominal pain with weight and appetite loss.
This database was created with funding from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Some of the goals of these Centers include research, education and prevention projects that address agricultural health and safety issues. The website houses numerous educational materials on agricultural safety topics such as animals, pesticides, ergonomics, first aid, machinery, and injury prevention. The materials have also been translated to many languages including French, Cambodian, Vietnamese and Spanish. The Spanish materials include tractor safety, safely using farm vehicles and accidental farm vehicle injury.
The NPIC is a cooperative agreement between Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The goal of the organization is to provide answers and information on pesticides and pesticide-related topics so that individuals can make informed decisions concerning their use. The website hosts volumes of information on pesticides such as what pesticides are, how to read their labels, how to store them and also addresses some frequently asked questions. The center also has a toll free hotline where questions regarding pesticides can be answered by trained pesticide specialists.provides objective, science-based information about a wide variety of pesticide-related topics, including: pesticide product information, information on the recognition and management of pesticide poisonings, toxicology and environmental chemistry. Highly trained specialists can also provide referrals for the following: laboratory analyses, investigation of pesticide incidents, emergency treatment information, safety information, health and environmental effects, and clean-up and disposal procedures.
NCHA is statewide trade association representing 142 hospitals and health networks. The association promotes improved community health status and delivery of quality healthcare through leadership, information, education, and advocacy in members' interests and for public benefit.
The National Safety Council, founded in 1913 and chartered by the United States Congress in 1953, is the nation's leading advocate for safety and health. Our mission is "to educate and influence society to adopt safety, health and environmental policies, practices and procedures that prevent and mitigate human suffering and economic losses arising from preventable causes."
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the Federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related disease and injury. The Institute is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). NIOSH is responsible for conducting research on the full scope of occupational disease and injury ranging from lung disease in miners to carpal tunnel syndrome in computer users. In addition to conducting research, NIOSH investigates potentially hazardous working conditions when requested by employers or employees; makes recommendations and disseminates information on preventing workplace disease, injury, and disability; and provides training to occupational safety and health professionals.
The agricultural centers conduct research, education, and prevention projects to address the nation's pressing agricultural health and safety problems. Geographically, the Centers are distributed throughout the nation to be responsive to the agricultural health and safety issues unique to the different regions.
OSHA assures safe and healthful working conditions; by providing for research, information, education, and training in the field of occupational safety and health. OSHA also establishes protective standards, enforces those standards, and reaches out to employers and employees through technical assistance and consultation programs.
Agricultural safety modules over a variety of topics are available in English and Spanish. Some of the topics include Pesticide Exposure, Silo Safety, Tractor Safety, Livestock safety, Heat Stress, Eye Protection, First Aid, etc.
PNASH Center activities aim to prevent occupational injury and illness, and promote best health and safety practices in agriculture in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. We identify risk factors and then implement and evaluate practical solutions to reduce workplace hazards. Center researchers from multiple disciplines explore health concerns such as chemical exposures, hearing loss, heat illness, musculoskeletal stress, skin disease, and traumatic injury. In addition to the general agricultural population, special groups we serve include farm children and teens, Hispanic workers, and older workers. We share the knowledge we gain through outreach, professional education, and the dissemination of research findings and prevention solutions.
The Pesticide Education Center is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 to educate workers and the public about the hazards of pesticides to human health and the environment. The Pesticide Education Center (PEC) provides critical information on health effects and safer alternative pest control methods to the public. Our mission is to educate consumers to make more informed choices to protect themselves, their families, their pets, their neighbors, and the environment from toxic pesticides.
PANNA (Pesticide Action Network North America) works to replace pesticide use with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. As one of five PAN Regional Centers worldwide, we link local and international consumer, labor, health, environment and agriculture groups into an international citizens' action network. This network challenges the global proliferation of pesticides, defends basic rights to health and environmental quality, and works to insure the transition to a just and viable society.
Non profit organization offering housing, pesticide training, education programs, emergency and general assistance for migrant farmworker families since 1987.
The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety was established in 1990 through a cooperative agreement with the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH). The center is one of nine agricultural health and safety centers established in the United States by the Centers for Disease Control for the purpose of protecting and improving the health and safety of the nation's farmers, farmworkers, and consumers. Since California is the leading agricultural state in the country and the largest and most productive industry in the world, the Davis Center plays an important part in this endeavor. Teams of investigators collaborate under the Center's auspices to complete a variety of diverse projects ranging from data collection to complicated scientific endeavors. Current areas of research and outreach include: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Injury and Ergonomics, Neurotoxicity and Pesticides, Respiratory Diseases, Industrial Hygiene and Exposure Assessment, Evaluation and Biostatistics, and Special Projects.
This page is a guide to selected, recent resources on the occupational health and safety of farmworkers. All materials are located in the Public Health Library unless otherwise noted. Topics of discussion include background sources, pesticides and other health concerns, statistical sources, laws, PubMed searching, pamphlets, internet sources, and other collections.
Wake Forest University School of Medicine has a research track entirely based on Occupational and Environmental Health. Within this research track is the research on Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Health which leads various projects relating to pesticide exposure, prevention, care and education. Some of those projects include PACE, which aims to develop culturally-appropriate health interventions on pesticide exposure reduction, La Familia, which evaluates the effectiveness of Lay Health Advisors in pesticide education and Casa a Campo, which is concerned with reducing pesticide exposure among farmworker families. Besides the extensive research on farmworkers and pesticides, the school of Medicine has also published numerous educational materials in both English and Spanish on pesticides.
The Occupational Health and Safety Resource Center is a virtual repository of Spanish educational materials, related to agricultural work. The objective is to facilitate a central access point to high quality resources for people conducting work on health promotion and prevention activities and on workers’ rights and problems related to agricultural work. The materials cover five key relevant areas: 1) Farmworkers’ rights; 2) Injury prevention; 3) Respiratory illnesses; 4) Heat illnesses; and 5) Pesticide exposure.