What is the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety
- FOCUSING ITS ATTENTION ON AGRICULTURAL HEALTH AND SAFETY. The UC Davis Center brings together multidisciplinary experts
from the Schools of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Agriculture
and Environmental Sciences to focus attention and research on
the problems of health and safety in Western agriculture. These
efforts help leverage increased resources and much-needed attention
of state and national agencies to improve the health and safety
of western farmers and farmworkers.
- DEVELOPING INNOVATIVE AND EFFECTIVE OUTREACH PROGRAMS. Innovative and effective outreach programs of the Center have
been developed and implemented to improve health among pesticide
applicators, farmers, children and other farm family members,
and farm workers.
- DESIGNING SAFER EQUIPMENT AND WORK PRACTICES. Agricultural
engineering programs supported by the Center are designing safer
and more ergonomic farm equipment to reduce traumatic and cumulative
- IDENTIFYING RISK FACTORS. Researchers in the School of
Medicine are identifiying risk factors for acute and chronic illnesses
due to toxic exposures so that effective prevention efforts can
be targeted to those individuals at highest risk.
- CREATING BETTER COMMUNICATION. The UC Davis Center is
a forum for agricultural health and safety communication. The
Center continues to develop innovative and effective means of
communication including electronic media, newsletters, conferences,
focused talks and courses, as well as investigator meetings, advisory
panels and interactions among the agricultural community. Please
feel free to browse our home page for more information on the
latest developments in agricultural health and safety.
THE WESTERN CENTER FOR AGRICULTURAL HEALTH AND SAFETY (WCAHS) at UC DAVIS has made strides in areas of research, prevention/intervention and education/outreach. It is uniquely situated to address and affect the health and safety of farmers, farm family members, hired farm workers and their families because of its co-location with the UC Davis Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, its Colleges of Agriculture and Engineering, and the California’s Central Valley, one of Western agriculture’s most intensive and productive regions. WCAHS has taken a leadership role in addressing western agricultural health and safety issues, including health among migrant and seasonal (hired) farm workers, ergonomics of labor-intensive crop work, respiratory hazards in dry-climate farming, health of women and children in agriculture and pesticide safety. The public (general and agricultural) have been recipients of educational programs. WCAHS’ electronic communications (newsletter, list server) have expanded educational efforts of the center internationally.
Request for Research Proposals: Seed Grant for Agricultural Health & Safety Proposals
Seed Grant Application Guidelines
Please check out our NEWLY developed Spanish language health and
safety RESOURCE Center. A one-stop website to access informational resources in Spanish
regarding: Workers Rights; Injuries; Heat Illness; Respiratory Illness and Pesticides.
NEW Educational Materials Resource Center
NIOSH Supported WCAHS Recent Publications
Western Ag Health and Safety Blog
Heat Illness Prevention Campaign
A collaborative effort with Cal/OSHA to reduce heat illness fatalities and illness. Click here to find more about the campaign and to access the educational materials available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Punjabi and Mixteco.
Heat Illness Prevention Training Video
WCAHS 20th Anniversary Video
(QuickTime required - free download)
Subscribe to AgHealth Listserv
Latest Issue: AgHealth News, Fall 2013
WCAHS Current NIOSH Funded Projects
NEW Dairy Worker Safety Training Material
WCAHS 2013-2014 Monthly Seminar Series
Annual WCAHS Graduate Students Presentations:
Alondra Vega, Epidemiology
"Taking a Second Look at Heat Illness in MICASA, Follow-Up 2"
Candace Spier-Beyer, Hammock Lab, Entomology
"Alpacas Do More than Make Wool, They Contribute
to Exposure Monitoring"
Monday, January 13, 2014
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
CHE - Old Davis Road
For more information please call 530-752-4050
Seminar Series Web/Podcast/Powerpoint
2013-2014Seminar Series Schedule
AgFF Fact Sheet
Visit the Migration and Health Research Center Website