Know your Rights
Pesticide drift is illegal! If other people expose you to pesticides, they are breaking the law. YOU MAY and should, report all pesticide drift immediately whether you are sick or not.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT PESTICIDE has been applied. Contact your local County Agriculture Commissioner’s office if you think you have been over-exposed to pesticides.
Farmworkers and other workers also have these rights:
What to do if you have been exposed to pesticides
Leave the area immediately:
Call for help: If you feel seriously ill, call 911. Otherwise, call your County Agriculture Commissioner.
See a doctor: If you experience any symptoms of pesticide exposure, see a doctor immediately.
Report pesticide incident: report pesticide drift and pesticide exposure each and every time it happens.
Record everything: Write down all of the details of the exposure before you forget anything.
Organize your community: Talk to others who may have been exposed and tell them to report their exposure too. Put pressure on local agencies to make sure that your case is dealt with! Call local community organizations for assistance.
Tell your supervisor immediately!
See a doctor if you experience any symptoms of pesticide exposure. Your employer has to provide transportation to get you to the doctor immediately.
Ask your supervisor or employer which pesticide you were exposed to and tell the doctor.
You don’t have to pay for any medical care for pesticide illness if you were exposed to pesticides on the job.
Remember! It is illegal to fire workers for reporting pesticide drift or for seeking medical attention if exposed to pesticides.
If you need help call a community support organization or a local leader.
For more information regarding a pesticide-related emergency or exposure event, see the information provided here: www.pesticidereform.org/emergency-info/
The CPR Pesticide Exposure Guide provides details on what to do if you have been exposed to pesticides. It is available in English and Spanish. Access the bilingual CPR Pesticide Exposure Guide by clicking on the link below: