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Blueprint for Protecting Children in Agriculture: The 2012 National Action Plan
The 2012 Blueprint for Protecting Children in Agriculture This National Action Plan takes an updated look at preventing childhood agricultural injury and death.
- Blueprint Agriculture Ncc.pdf( 71,754.34 Kb )
CAL POISON: After work: Staying safe for your family (VIDEO)
Carbofuran Pesticide Residues in Food Revoked
EPA has revoked regulations that permitted small residues of the pesticide carbofuran in food.
Clinical Diagnostic Tools and Biomonitoring of Exposures to Pesticides
The importance of clinical diagnostic tools and biomonitoring of exposures to pesticides as well the role of clinicians in pesticide reporting and the challenges clinicians face in accurately diagnosing patients exposed to pesticides are described in a presentation by Matthew Keifer, MD, MPH and Amy K. Liebman, MPA. Click on the link for an APHA policy resolution underscoring the need for clinical diagnostic tools and biomomitoring of exposures to pesticides. This policy supports the information outlined by in the presentation.
- Clinicians Biomonitoring Keifer Liebman 2010.pdf( 27,177.47 Kb )
The following are clinician guides provided by MCN, in collaboration with Farmworker Justice:
A Guide to OSHA’s Field Sanitation Standard;
A Guide to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA);
A Guide to the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA);
A Guide to EPA’s Worker Protection Standard
EnviRN Knowledge Network
On line learning resource for nurses concerned about environmental health.
EPA Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act
The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) provides for federal regulation of pesticide distribution, sale, and use. All pesticides distributed or sold in the United States must be registered (licensed) by EPA. Before EPA may register a pesticide under FIFRA, the applicant must show, among other things, that using the pesticide according to specifications "will not generally cause unreasonable adverse effects on the environment.''
Florida Pesticide Monitoring, Enforcement Draw Fire - Florida Palm Beach Post (Part 1 of 3 Part Series)
Since many exposures come during those field applications, the risks - to farmworkers and to nearby residents who can be affected if the chemicals drift - can occur much more frequently. "You are working in one field, and the tractor passes in the next field spraying," says Epifanio, 58, a veteran Mexican farmworker who asked that his full name not be used, out of fear for his job. "The wind brings it to you. It happens to somebody around here every single day."
- Florida Pesticide 1.pdf( 211.01 Kb )
Human Testing of Pesticides
FJF/MCN comments to the US Environmental Protection Agency against using human subjects to test pesticides.
- Human Testing Fjf-mcn Comments.doc( 1,576.96 Kb )
Indecent Exposure: Lead Puts Workers and Families at Risk
Describes the adverse health effects of lead in workers with blood-lead levels of 5-10 ug/dL and recommend changing OSHA’s medical removal trigger of 60 ug/dL.
- Perspectives Lead Exposure.pdf( 11,392.30 Kb )