Pathogen Exposure

Extreme Weather Events: Perspectives & Safety Impacts in Agriculture

February 12, 2020

Over the past decade, California has become more prone to weather extremes, including increased frequency and severity of heat waves, droughts, and wildfires.

How have these weather extremes affected the work, health, and safety of agricultural employers and farmworkers? How are they preparing for the future?

Climate Change

Extreme weather caused by climate change requires changes in farm management, crop and livestock practices, and farmworker health and safety measures.

Pathogen Exposure

What is pathogen exposure in agriculture?

Pathogens are bacteria, viruses, or other microorganisms that can cause disease. Agricultural workers can be exposed to various pathogens, such as those from contaminated environments, like wastewater and soils, and zoonotic pathogens through direct or indirect contact with animals.

WCAHS Fall Symposium 2017

February 20, 2018
The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety met on October 26, 2017 at the UC Davis International Center for their Fall Symposium.

WCAHS Has a New Four Year Research Project

November 27, 2017
An additional research project, “Reducing occupational exposure to zoonotic pathogens in California dairy farmworkers,” has been awarded funding from the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, increasing the number of primary WCAHS research projects to five.