Report Exposure: Local Health Department

Phone: Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222 or 1-87PestLine (1-877-378-5463)
Report Online:

Pesticide Reporting Requirements

Required to Report: Yes
What to Report?: Any Pesticide-Related Exposure
Timeframe to Report Injury or Exposure: 24 Hours
Who is Required to Report?: Physicians, Other health professionals.
SENSOR partnership with NIOSH:

CA Occupational Pesticide Illness Prevention Program (funding and technical support from NIOSH) 

Additional Info:

Physicians report by phone to the local health officer. Each county has designated a phone number for pesticide illness reporting. See this form for the correct contact number in your area:


For occupational cases, physicians must also send a "Doctor's First Report" to the local health office and the State Department of Industrial Relations.

“Community Guide to Recognizing and Reporting Pesticide Problems” (ENGLISH AND SPANISH)

Coverage for Farm Workers: Required
Limitations: farmworkers are not separately mentioned.
Statute: Cal. Labor Code § 3352 (2009) (section on exclusions does not exclude farm laborers).
Coverage for Undocumented Workers: Yes
Case Law: Cal. Labor Code § 3351 (2009) (defining employee to include aliens "whether lawfully or unlawfully employed"). See also Farmers Bros. Coffee v. Workers' Comp. Appeals Bd., 133 Cal.App.4th 533 (Cal. Ct. App. 2005) (holding that worker was an employee under workers' compensation law even where he used a fraudulent Social Security card and fraudulent green card to obtain employment).
Benefits Available for Undocumented Workers: Undocumented workers can receive all remedies available under state law, except any reinstatement remedy prohibited by federal law. Cal. Labor Code § 1171.5(a). A worker's immigration status does not affect his entitlement to temporary disability payments. Del Taco v. Workers' Comp. Appeals Bd., 79 Cal.App.4th 1437, 1441 (Cal. Ct. App. 2000). However, employers do not have to provide vocational rehabilitation to undocumented workers, because it is not the worker's disability that is preventing employment. Id., 79 Cal. App. 4th at 1441-42.