Agricultural workers perform a dangerous job – working with animals, pesticides, heavy machinery; they toil in rain and mist, on hills and earth sleep; and doing physically demanding tasks. Chronic back injuries, serious respiratory problems, and pesticide poisoning are common. Migrant farm-workers suffer from the highest rates of toxic chemical injuries of any group of workers in the US; the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 300,000 farm-workers suffer acute pesticide poisoning each year.

Programme of Action

  • Back-breaking labour
  • Use of and exposure to pesticides and other inorganic chemicals, which pose health and home problems, including increasing suicide rates using pesticides
  • Weather and terrain, both causing exhaustion, dehydration or death in the fields
  • High incidence of accidents
  • Fishing as one of the most dangerous activities, also next to mining
  • Lack of protection and facilities such as toilets and clinics
  • New technologies such as machines and tools
  • Government and authorities not complying with international / national bans and standards
  • Lack of regulation or compliance (if there is regulation) on health and safety in agriculture; lack of legal protection
  • Trainings and campaigns on health and safety issues, i.e. Community based Pesticides Action Monitoring ( CPAM)
  • Women and children-focused workshops on health and safety issues
  • Campaign for protection measures and workers’ health insurance
  • Campaign on the ban on pesticides
  • Capacity building – awareness raising and trainings on pesticides
  • Capacity building – awareness on the use of natural pest control
  • Internationally coordinated campaign on occupational health and safety to raise public awareness – May 1 (30th year of Bhopal)
  • Ratification and implementation of national and international conventions on health and safety – C184

Resources

A Generation in Jeopardy
2.28 MB
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A Generation in Jeopardy

Monograph on Paraquat
706.47 KB
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Monograph on Paraquat

Communities in Peril: Asian regional report on community monitoring of highly hazardous pesticide use
2.16 MB
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Communities in Peril: Asian regional report on community monitoring of highly hazardous pesticide use

Occupational health and safety of agricultural workers: ILO conventions and gaps
523.49 KB
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Occupational health and safety of agricultural workers: ILO conventions and gaps

Poisoning Our Future: Children and Pesticides
26.35 MB
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Poisoning Our Future: Children and Pesticides