The farmworkers who help bring fresh fruit and produce to our tables and the people who apply pesticides in our homes and communities aren’t protected by the same safety standards that most workers in the U.S. enjoy. Farmworkers and pesticide applicators face repeated exposure to a range of toxic chemicals.
So when the Environmental Protection Agency announced an updated set of basic life-saving rules in 2015 and 2017, dozens of farmworker, labor, public health and environmental organizations rejoiced. But now the Trump administration has announced plans to reverse these crucial protections against pesticide exposure and poisonings.
From setting a minimum age of 18 for workers who mix, load and apply pesticides; to improving the content and quality of worker safety trainings; to providing farmworkers with anti-retaliation protections and the right to request pesticide-application information, these basic safety standards were put in place to protect the 2.5 million farmworkers in the U.S. who experience 10,000-20,000 reported pesticide poisonings per year, and approximately one million pesticide applicators.
Don’t let the Trump administration put farmworkers, pesticide handlers, their families and the broader public at risk. Tell your elected officials to stop this attack on the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard and the Certification of Pesticide Applicators Rule.