Health & Safety

National Center for Farmworker Health

The National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH), established in 1975, is dedicated to improving the health status of farmworker families by providing information services and products to a network of more than 500 migrant health center service sites in the United States as well as organizations, universities, researchers, and individuals involved in farmworker health.

The NCFH is a private, not-for-profit corporation located in Buda, Texas dedicated to improving the health status of farmworker families by providing information services, training and technical assistance, and a variety of products to community and migrant health centers nationwide, as well as organizations, universities, researchers, and individuals involved in farmworker health.

NCFH has a long history in support of improving access to health care to the farmworker population. NCFH is guided by a nationally represented Board of Directors and is poised to assist organizations with a highly experienced multidisciplinary team of migrant health professionals.

National Center for Farmworker Health
http://www.ncfh.org/
info@ncfh.org
1770 FM 967 • Buda, TX 78610
(512) 312-2700
(800) 531-5120
fax (512) 312-2600


MedlinePlus: Farm Health and Safety

A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of of Health

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

The MedlinePlus: Farm Health and Safety web page is a comprehensive resource for farmworker health and safety information and contains an  extensive list of links to related web sites and organizations.


Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): Agricultural Operations

OSHA is administered by the U.S. Dept. of Labor.  The regulated standards for the occupational safety and health standards for agriculture operations and the agriculture industry are primarily defined and specified in 29 CFR 1928.

The OSHA webpage “Agriculture Operations” highlights OSHA standards, preambles to final rules (background to final rules), directives (instructions for compliance officers), standard interpretations (official letters of interpretation of the standards), and other federal standards related to agricultural operations.


Field Sanitation Provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHAct) was enacted to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women. In 1987, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued regulations establishing minimum standards for field sanitation in covered agricultural settings. These standards required covered employers to provide toilets, potable drinking water, hand-washing facilities, and information regarding good hygiene practices.  For more general information on the OSHAct, please see Fact Sheet 51.

General Guidance

Fact Sheets

Opinion Letters & Interpretive Guidance

Applicable Laws and Regulations


Office of the Agricultural Commissioner, Monterey County, California

The Agricultural Commissioner is dedicated to worker health and safety, the protection of environmental resources, and the promotion of the agricultural sector of Monterey County. Through the implementation of federal, state and local laws and regulations, the Agricultural Commissioner’s office provides the general public with a safe and healthy environment, a vibrant agricultural industry, and a fair marketplace. The Agricultural Commissioner’s office accomplish these goals through pesticide use enforcement, pest and disease prevention, weights and measures, as well as agricultural product quality and marketing programs.

Contact the Office of the Agricultural Commissioner, Monterey County, California at:

http://ag.co.monterey.ca.us/
AgComm@co.monterey.ca.us
Phone: 831.759.7325


Oregon Office of Multicultural Health and Services

Migrant Health

The State of Oregon recognizes the vital role that migrant and seasonal farmworkers play in the state’s economy. Migrant and seasonal farmworkers support a multi-billion dollar agricultural industry. There are an estimated 174,000 migrant and seasonal farmworkers and related family members in Oregon. Of these, most do not have health coverage through their employer. As a result, migrant and seasonal farmworkers experience a higher incidence of specific health problems such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and cancer than most other Oregonians. In response to this need, the Federal Government through the Bureau of Primary Health Care, has set aside funding for health centers that serve the migrant and seasonal farmworker community.

In its recognition of the positive contributions made by migrant and seasonal farmworkers, Oregon is working to increase medical access to this vital yet medically underserved community. The Migrant Health Coordinator works to increase the number of new health access points for migrant and seasonal farmworkers.

The Migrant Health Coordinator is dedicated to improving the health status of farmworkers and their families by providing support and assistance in the development of new Migrant Health Centers throughout the state. The Migrant Health Coordinator is further committed to helping reduce access barriers for this highly productive but most vulnerable of communities. To this end, the coordinator has established data and resources on migrant and seasonal farmworkers, which potential applicants can access and use in their application process. This data is located in the Oregon Health Authority Website and includes:


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