Occupational Health and Safety

Farmworkers are unnecessarily exposed to many health and safety risks when working in fields and orchards. Agricultural workers deserve safe working conditions - from adequate drinking water to eliminating exposure to pesticides. Farmworker Justice advocates for major occupational safety policies; litigates to require stronger pesticide safety rules; and helps develop standards to limit farmworkers’ exposure to toxic pesticides. Our goals are to win greater protections for farmworkers from preventable work-related hazards and provide useful, culturally appropriate information to help farmworkers avoid injuries and illnesses.

Farm work is one of the most hazardous occupations in the US. Dangers include heat stress, injuries, and lack of field sanitation.

About half of all states have little or no coverage for farmworkers. Learn which states provide coverage and claim filing barriers.

Pesticide exposure causes farmworkers to suffer more chemical-related injuries and illnesses than any other workforce in the nation.