What Does The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety Do?
The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS) works to to conduct research and provide education and training to improve the health and safety of farmers, farmworkers, and their families in Western agriculture. WCAHS is one of 11 a multidisciplinary agricultural health and safety research centers in the US established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to protect the health and safety of farmers, farmworkers and consumers.
The purpose of the WCAHS Safety Education and Outreach Program is to support agricultural stakeholders and communities in protecting worker health and safety and in the application of research to practice. WCAHS disseminates information and training on evidence-based best practices and equipment to key stakeholders, including farmers, farmworkers, agribusiness, policy makers, non-profit organizations, unions and others with an interest in improving the health and safety of those working in farming.
Program Director: Heather Riden