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How Do We Balance Safety and New Technology?

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This article summarizes the Emerging Technology in Agriculture: Keeping Health and Safety at the Forefront workshop, which was hosted by the UC Davis Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCHAS) on Thursday, May 11, 2023. WCAHS organized the workshop in response to the increased interest in agricultural technology and the need to ensure the safety of farmworkers coming in contact with technologies that may pose new hazards.

Be Heat Savvy!

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Summer is here, and higher than average heat will be affecting our communities and outdoor workplaces. Here are some practical steps you can take to reduce your risk of heat illness.  

Drink water early and often

Just like you cannot go at high speed if your car is low on coolant, your body needs water to cope with high temperatures! 

ATV Safety Concerns Prompt UC Davis Study

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs)—off-road, motorized vehicles with three or four tires—are commonly used by farmers and ranchers to apply fertilizers, inspect livestock or crops, and carry or tow implements. There are approximately 11 million ATVs in the US, with 21% of those being used in agriculture.

SAFE Program Funding Renewed

In the summer of 2022, WCAHS received funding from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to continue COVID-19 outreach and training with community and industry partners through June 2023.

Cal/OSHA Reminds All Employers to Prevent Heat Illness

Cal/OSHA reminds all employers with outdoor workers to be prepared and take the necessary precautions to prevent heat illness as high temperatures continue throughout the state this week.

Honoring Don Villarejo

The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety honors a longtime partner, advisor, and advocate for farmworker health, Don Villarejo, who passed away on November 19, 2021.