Farm workers can come into contact with pesticides while at work. For their health and the health of their family, it's important that they protect themselves. If a farm worker has come into contact with a pesticide or is showing signs and symptoms of being exposed to pesticides, it is very important to report it.
To report a possible pesticide exposure, call your local County Agricultural Commissioner's office. You can get the number and be connected by calling toll-free 1-877-378-5463. You can report pesticide problems without giving your name. Make sure to have the name of the county where the pesticide exposure happened.
If you think you may have been exposed and want to talk to a medical expert for free over the phone anytime, day or night, call California Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 in Spanish and over 100 other languages.
If a farm worker thinks that pesticides have made them sick at work, the employer must make sure that they are taken to the doctor immediately.
— Report unsafe work conditions without being punished or fired
— File for worker's compensation
— Look at Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
How to be safe from pesticides at work
After Work: Staying safe for your family
Wear a long sleeved shirt
Cover your head and mouth
Wear a hat
Wear protective glasses
Wear closed-toe shoes or boots
Wash your hands before eating and after work
Take off work clothes and shoes and put them in a bag
Wash work clothes separately from the family laundry
Cover your head, neck and mouth and wear gloves at work
People who apply pesticides must wear special protective clothing