Latinos: protect farmworkers from toxic pesticides. Deadline: August 18.
Tell the EPA to strengthen their safeguards from toxic pesticide exposure for farmworkers. Every year tens of thousands of farmworkers are poisoned on the job from pesticide exposure, and the majority of farmworkers are Latino. After 20 years, the Environmental Protection Agency has finally proposed revisions to the Worker Protection Standards that will better protect farmworkers and their families from these toxic chemicals. But now we need to make sure these standards are as strong as possible – before the comment period deadline on August 18. Urge the EPA to make these critical safeguards stronger and to fully enforce them so that all farmworkers are protected from poisonous pesticides.
Farmworkers are men and women who are an important part of our communities, our food system, and the American economy. They deserve the same protections that other workers enjoy. While I am in support of the EPA finally issuing stronger regulations to better protect farmworkers from toxic pesticide exposure, there are a number of areas that I hope are addressed in the final version to ensure farmworkers have the strongest protections possible.
*Raise the minimum age of pesticide handlers to 18;
*Require posting of pesticide hazard information in a central location so farmworkers don't have to ask the employer to access it;
*Require mandatory posting of fields where pesticides have been applied that have a 24-hour waiting period before it's safe to re-enter;
*Require nationwide medical monitoring for workers who handle the most dangerous and neurotoxic pesticides.
As a Latino that cares about the health and well-being of our community, I urge you to include these changes to the revisions of the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard. We must have the strongest possible protections for workers and families in agricultural communities and ensure environmental justice for all.
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