The Pesticide and Work Safety Project works to bring to light 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 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. We recently produced a pesticide exposure prevention and response video for farmworkers which focuses on workers rights.

Anne Katten, Pesticide and Work Safety Project Director

Anne has worked with CRLAF 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

Project News:

Victory: Cancer Causing Methyl Iodide Banned in California

Scientists from CRLAF and other organizations call for scientific integrity in evaluating the soil fumigant chloropicrin and need to protect farmworkers and other rural residents from respiratory illness and cancer

CRLAF leads call for improvements in the state Pesticide Air Monitoring Network

Project Resources:

Accessing Pesticide Information

Pesticide Resources for Heath Care Providers

Dying at Work in California: The Hidden Stories Behind the Numbers

Work Fatalities in Agriculture in California 2009 – 2011

DVD- En los Campos: Como Protegerse de los Pesticidas en California (To request a copy of this DVD please email Anne.)