Protect Farm Worker Safety


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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).     

The comment period has been extended again. Comments will be submitted on March 13, 2018.

Petition language:

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.  

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  • Ande Kobek
    signed 2018-03-03 16:36:25 -0800
    The time is now to do what is right.
  • Neil Austin
    signed 2018-03-01 07:37:19 -0800
  • Dianne Ensign
    signed 2018-02-28 11:48:51 -0800
    Protecting the environment is my highest priority. Pesticide use is not taken seriously enough.
  • Patsy Kelley
    signed 2018-02-28 11:32:40 -0800
  • Ann Tattersall
    signed 2018-02-28 04:00:06 -0800
  • Susan Delles
    signed 2018-02-27 21:41:51 -0800
    These chemicals are dangerous-some worse than others. Humans should not be exposed
  • Susan Heath
    signed 2018-02-27 21:38:39 -0800
  • Mark Siemens
    signed 2018-02-27 19:27:05 -0800
    It is also important that communities have the right to pass their own more stringent regulations without interference by the state AND we must grant that nature has rights to its own health.
  • Sandra Joos
    signed 2018-02-27 17:55:26 -0800
  • Grace Neff
    @Sally2shoesNeff tweeted link to this page. 2018-02-27 16:05:23 -0800
    Sign the petition: Protect Farm Worker Safety
  • Grace Neff
    signed 2018-02-27 16:05:01 -0800
    Harming our workers and killing our pollinators is not the way to go.
  • Letitia Noel
    signed 2018-02-27 15:40:06 -0800
  • Mary Foltz
    signed 2018-02-27 15:08:17 -0800
    how can we protect the health and lives of our families with indiscriminate dispersal of toxic chemicals like this?
  • Erin Quinn
    signed 2018-02-27 15:06:03 -0800
    “The care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.” – Wendell Berry
  • Eileen Chieco
    signed 2018-02-27 15:00:34 -0800
  • Kimberly Zemek
    signed 2018-02-27 13:13:11 -0800
    Please protect farm workers and neighbors of farms from pesticide drift. I live next to a filbert orchard and it is a problem.
  • Edward Ore
    signed 2018-02-27 12:50:40 -0800
    Edward Ore
  • Rebecca Landis
    signed 2018-02-27 12:21:59 -0800
    We have a farm that we want to certify organic. Periodic oversprays endanger our health as well as this potential business advancement.
  • Steve Buel
    signed 2018-02-27 12:21:39 -0800
    Steve Buel
  • Nancy Sullivan
    signed 2018-02-01 19:38:51 -0800
    As a chemically sensitive person, this only makes SENSE!
  • Lisa love
    @mrslisaklove tweeted link to this page. 2018-01-30 22:25:48 -0800
    Sign the petition: Protect Farm Worker Safety
  • Lisa Love
    signed 2018-01-30 22:24:59 -0800
  • Lene Gary
    signed 2018-01-30 15:42:58 -0800
  • jan nelson
    signed 2017-12-31 22:02:03 -0800
    Of course farmworkers should be protected from pesticides.

    Staying 150 feet away for 15 minutes? OSHASMOSHA! Are you

    kidding? I have been dowsed on my own farm from an herbicide tank truck ( unseen by me until later) hundreds of yards away. Do you understand how these chemical spray operations work? the operation typically begins in the early morning when it is completely calm. As the temperature rises, these chemicals volitilize becoming aerosols. After rising into the air they then fall perhaps in another location; such as they did on me and my farm from seemingly out of nowhere. It was horrifying. It was like being pepper sprayed and having diesel dumped on me at the same time. i spent the entire day in my closed house in and out of the shower or at the sink washing out my eyes and nostrils. all that time worrying about my sheep, goats and chickens who had to suffer through this insult and trespass. ODA issued two wimpy violations to the applicator amounting to nothing. If you all think this rule is safe enough, i suggest every one who thinks this go on site when a pesticide application is occurring, and stay for the day.
    Look, synthetic chemicals are pervasive- in the air, water,

    and soil. Therefore they are in our food; they are in our bodies. see NG study.


    Some of us are outraged. I don’t understand why everyone is not

    (denial). Synthetic chemicals are combinations of molecules, put

    together in labs -combinations that do not exist in nature. They are

    toxic to nature. The more added to our environment and accumulate,

    the worse it gets. This experiment has only been going on large scale

    since the 1950’s. More has been dumped on the planet every year since

    then. Why on earth don’t we just stop all of it? Not doing so is insane, you know.
    good book; Against the Grain: A Deep

    History of the Earliest States – James C. Scott.

    Jan Nelson, 85354 doane rd., Eugene, 97402 541-485-1426,

    I am a farmer and forestland owner. My relatives and ancestors were farmers. All our ancestors were farmers

    FYI; just because the post office delivery is from eugene doesn’t

    mean people live in the city. I’m in the Crow hills.
  • Wendy Simmons
    signed 2017-12-27 15:36:14 -0800
  • Jackie Minchew
    signed 2017-12-27 10:20:42 -0800
  • Gail Chism
    signed 2017-12-26 20:02:54 -0800
  • Laura Wilson
    signed 2017-12-26 19:56:52 -0800
  • Megan Dunn
    signed 2017-12-26 16:49:22 -0800
  • Randy Brewer
    signed via 2017-12-24 16:17:27 -0800