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Worksafe Acts to Reduce Reproductive Risks

Posted on Jan 13, 2010
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Baby with GrandfatherIn 2009, Worksafe joined the Pajaro Valley Health Action Team (PVHAT) to discuss ways of reducing risks to reproductive health among vulnerable California farmworkers and their families in the Pajaro Valley.

Some of our partners in this effort include the Salud Para la Gente Clinic in Watsonville, the Watsonville Law Center and its Agricultural Workers’ Access to Health Project,CRLA- Salinas and its Agricultural Workers Health Project, the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (UCSF PRHE), the Just Transition Alliance, and concerned public educators.

Meetings of the PVHAT collaborative highlighted the need for better education of workers about the risks of chemicals, not only in agriculture but in many other industries.

To address this need, Worksafe and partners at the UCSF PRHE, CRLA-Salinas, and Watsonville Law Center are creating a pamphlet for 
workers and their healthcare providers regarding the risks of chemicals in the workplace and workers' legal rights to avoid harmful exposure. Our goal is to empower workers with knowledge they can use to protect themselves and their jobs. Ultimately, Worksafe aims to change statewide policies regarding worker exposure to pesticides and other reproductive toxicants, and the promotion of reproductive health for vulnerable workers.

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