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WCAHS Education and Outreach Expands

May 19, 2017
WCAHS Education and Outreach received a five-fold increase in funding with the 2016-2021 grant renewal and is putting these new resources to good use.

WCAHS Director Marc Schenker Retiring

May 19, 2017

Dr. Marc Schenker, Director of the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS), is retiring at the end of June.

Dr. Schenker founded the WCAHS, one of the original two National Institutes for Occupational Safety and Health Agricultural Centers.  There are now 11 regional centers covering the United States. WCAHS’s region includes Arizona, California, Hawai’i, and Nevada. Dr. Schenker has directed WCAHS for over 25 years.

Free: Dairy Safety Training Guide in English or Spanish

April 25, 2017
Dairy workers are especially at risk for injury (fatal and non-fatal) from accidents with animals and machinery. Download a free dairy safety training guide in English or Spanish.

Bleak Outlook for California Farmworker Health Coverage Prospects

February 27, 2017
Approximately half of California’s 650,000 farmworkers have no health care coverage. The other half receives seasonal coverage from their employer for a few months of the year and/or relies on Medi-Cal / Covered California eligibility.

WCAHS Participates in Knights Landing Health Fair

February 10, 2017
This past October, WCAHS participated in a community health fair held at the Knights Landing United Methodist church. Many different organizations, including WCAHS, set up tents and booths in the church courtyard to provide free health and safety information as well as basic health screenings.

Fighting in the Dirt

November 30, 2016
Biosolarization simply means harvesting the power of biology (bio) plus the sun (sol) to kill pests. Add plastic and compost, and you are ready to roll.

Protect Yourself with Integrated Pest Management

November 15, 2016
University of California Integrated Pest Management (UC IPM) program. IPM provides scientifically based information on how to effectively deal with pests whether they are natural or exotic or in urban, agricultural, wildland or natural areas.

Students Study Effects of Ag Particulate Matter Exposure

October 31, 2016
This issue highlights three students who have worked with WCAHS Associate Director, Dr. Kent Pinkerton, to better understand how exposure to California agricultural particulate matter contributes to allergic airway inflammation.

Simmons Studies Alternative to Soil Fumigation

October 31, 2016

WCAHS welcomes new investigator Dr. Christopher Simmons to the research team. Simmons, an Assistant Professor in the UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology, will be conducting a study on biosolarization as an alternative technology to soil fumigation. Soil fumigants are used to kill nematodes, weeds, bacteria, fungi, and insects that damage crops. Here, he talks about his research.