Oregon’s OSHA has a responsibility to protect worker safety and health. A new proposal being considered by Oregon OSHA threatens farm worker family safety. Join NCAP and others in opposing this rule change and calling for protection from pesticide exposure!
A new federal rule called the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) included a provision called an Agricultural Exclusion Zone (AEZ) to protect anyone within range of a pesticide application. The AEZ is an area surrounding the application equipment that must be free of all persons other than appropriately trained and equipped handlers. The AEZ moves with the application equipment, akin to a “halo.” The size of an AEZ varies from zero to 100 feet, depending on the type of application and other factors, including droplet size, and height of nozzles above the planting medium.
The new rule requires the handler to suspend the application if any workers or other persons are anywhere in the AEZ. This requirement is NOT limited to the boundaries of the establishment. This includes people occupying migrant labor camps or other housing or buildings that are located on the agricultural establishment.
Oregon OSHA is proposing to:
- decline to adopt the recent federal rule strengthening worker protections for agriculture (the “Worker Protection Standard” or WPS - 40 CFR 170.405(a)), and
- implement OAR 437-004- 6405 instead (which calls for worker families to “shelter in place” in their houses).
Comments will be submitted on January 30, 2018.
Petition language:20 signatures
We, the undersigned, call on Oregon’s OSHA to protect worker safety and community health.
In solidarity with farm worker and community organizations, we support a 300-ft. permanent buffer around farm worker housing for pesticide sprays. Farm workers and their families deserve protection. It is time for OSHA to be firm on this issue, and to adopt the best strategy to protect worker and family health and safety.
Alex Robb posted about Don't allow Trump Donors to Derail Science about Pesticide Impact! on Facebook 2017-04-28 09:29:09 -0700Sign the petition: Don't allow Trump Donors to Derail Science about Pesticide Impact!
Dow Chemical Plant, Photo courtesy Sea Grant
Thank you for your interest. However, we have already submitted all comments to the EPA here. Any new signatures will not be submitted at this time.
Tell EPA: Protect People & Endangered Species from Pesticides
The continued survival of threatened salmon and steelhead species on the West Coast is in jeopardy from current-use pesticides. In more than half of the Biological Opinions issued for 31 pesticides, the National Marine Fisheries Service concluded that the use of the pesticide under existing labels would threaten the continued existence of one or more salmon or steelhead species. 
Despite these analyses, the chemical industry has counseled the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to forget about endangered species.
We are very concerned about recent industry efforts to dismiss analyses completed by the EPA and National Marine Fisheries Service. As reported by the New York Times on April 20, 2017, Dow Chemical and other pesticide makers are asking the EPA to “set aside” its endangered species analyses, charging that the science underlying the most recent analysis was not “reliable.” The most recent evaluation concluded that the use of chlorpyrifos, a highly neurotoxic insecticide, would be likely to adversely affect ALL of the salmon and steelhead listed on the Endangered Species list, as well as most other endangered and threatened species nationwide. Interestingly, Dow contributed $1 million to Trump’s inauguration.
Chlorpyrifos, sold as Dursban and Lorsban, has also been implicated in numerous human health issues over the years, including lower brain function in children. The EPA recently declined to ban the use of chlorpyrifos on food.
Help us push back! Sign this petition to the EPA asking them to protect people and endangered species. We are collecting signatures until May 15, 2017 and then delivering to the EPA.
 See completed consultation documents at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/consultation/pesticides.htm134 signatures
Don't ignore the findings of federal scientists. Uphold science-based analysis of endangered species in pesticide registration decisions. And don’t ignore people! Ban the use of Chlorpyrifos in food production to protect community health.
Alex Robb signed Thank You Washington State Capitol Grounds Crew 2017-04-24 16:07:52 -0700Thank you groundscrew! I think the campus looks amazing!
(photo courtesy Neil Harris, taken March 31, 2017)
Thank you for your interest, but we have closed signatures and delivered them to the Olympia Capitol groundskeepers. See press coverage of this effort here and here!
You can send your own thank you note to the following address:
Brent Chapman and Staff
Washington State Department of Enterprise Services
PO Box 41401
Olympia, WA 98504-1401
Thank you, groundskeepers!
In response to ‘dandelion-gate,’ when senators spent over 20 minutes discussing and complaining about the presence of dandelions on the Olympia Capitol Campus grounds, we’ve written a thank you note to the hardworking grounds crew staff. They have been trying so hard to keep up with all the spring flowers without using pesticides! The Capitol crew has been experimenting with natural and sustainable landscaping, including organic weed control, repurposed compost and leaves used to enrich and activate soils, cardboard and wood chip layers used to suppress unwanted growth, and planting drought tolerate native plants for habitat. These changes make the area a safe and healthy environment for everyone!
Please sign this virtual thank you card and share with friends on social media. We will collect signatures until May 8, 2017 and then deliver to the groundskeeping staff.431 signatures
The Capitol campus is noticeably full of spring flowers, healthy grass and historic trees!
We appreciate the hard work of the campus grounds crew and the landscapers, horticulturists, arborists, weed pullers, garbage collectors, custodians, and all the workers who take care of Olympia’s incredible and picturesque campus grounds.
Your natural and sustainable efforts make the area a safe and healthy environment for everyone–from senators to pollinators to kids to fish downstream. We appreciate your forward thinking, implementing new landscaping and turf care that reflects our values to end a reliance on harmful chemical pesticides.
Thank you to the hardworking crew at the capitol!
Alex Robb commented on Today is National Healthy Schools Day! 2016-09-19 10:05:26 -0700Thank you for your comment, Jamie. The comment on children’s breathing rate came from this EPA site (https://www.epa.gov/children/regulations). Children are smaller than adults, but they breathe more air in relation to their size. This make infants and children more susceptible to chemical exposure.
Here’s a good explanation from the EPA link: Breathing: Children breathe more than adults (per pound body weight and surface area of the respiratory tract). For example, a three month old infant breathes about 35 times more air than adults. Additionally, substantial lung development takes place after birth, primarily through adolescence.
Alex Robb endorsed 2015-05-11 21:26:02 -0700I like a healthy home!
Pesticides are agents (including insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides) that are designed to kill living organisms. But they don't just kill the "pest," they can harm other creatures too. Many common chemical pesticides are dangerous and can cause ill health effects in people, pets and wildlife when exposure occurs. Over time, repeated or severe exposures can lead to serious illnesses, cancer, and birth defects.
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