The Pesticide and Work Safety Project works to shed light on and reduce agricultural work hazards and pesticide exposures faced by California’s agricultural workers and other rural residents.


The Project maintains an ongoing dialog with Cal OSHA and local, state and federal pesticide regulatory officials to encourage more thorough investigations and stricter enforcement of existing laws and regulations, improvements in regulations, and increased use of safer and more sustainable pest control alternatives. We also provide technical assistance to legal services programs and community organizations on developing outreach materials, accessing and understanding pesticide and work safety laws and regulations and public records and responding to pesticide poisoning incidents. We collaborate with members of other non-profit organizations to educate policy makers, agency officials and the public about heat stress, pesticide exposure and other work and environmental health and safety hazards affecting California’s farmworkers and other rural poor.

Project Resources:

Protect Farmworkers – Promoting full implementation of the Worker

Protection Standard (WPS) --

DVD- En los Campos: Como Protegerse de los Pesticidas en California (To

request a copy of this DVD please email

Fields of Poison 2002: California Farmworkers and Pesticides -- download report here:  Report in Spanish    Report in English

CRLAF played a major role in advocating for more protective heat stress regulations, which went into effect on May 1, 2015.


Employers are now required to provide enough shade for workers to escape the severe heat during meal and rest periods.


Additionally, employers must ensure that the bosses in the fields are trained in how to identify and provide emergency assistances to farmworkers when they shows signs of heat illness.


"California farmworkers suffer more heat deaths and illnesses than any other workers in outdoor industries" -- Mauricio Pena, The Desert Sun

Anne Katten, Pesticide and Work Safety Project Director

Anne has worked with CRLA Foundation for over 20 years advocating for improved enforcement and policy changes to reduce exposure of farmworkers to pesticides and other work hazards. She has been involved in Cal-OSHA advisory committees on hand-weeding, heat stress, ergonomics, tractor and ladder safety and is a co-author of the reports Fields of Poison and Second Hand Pesticides: Airborne Pesticide Drift in California. She holds a Masters in Public Health degree (industrial hygiene emphasis) from the University of California at Berkeley.

Contact Anne at or 916-446-7904 x 110



Sacramento 916-446-7904

Fresno         559-486-6278

2210 K Street, Suite 201

Sacramento, CA 95816

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