New Horizons for Forestry Services

Clear cut forested landscape
This service project builds on past work and provides a new tool that meets Oregon pesticide safety trainer and supervisor needs.
Forestry services work occurs nationwide, yet is often hidden from the public eye. Injury and illness rates among workers in the forestry services industry are 2 to 3 times the rates of the average US worker, and fatality rates are 10 times as high.

We are pleased to announce PNASH Center team members, Marcy Harrington, Pablo Palmández, and Mike Yost received a grant from Oregon OSHA for their project, Bilingual Pesticide Labels for Reforestation Worker Safety. The proposed work will impact reforestation pesticide handlers, a workforce that is largely Latino, and faces significant language barriers to pesticide safety information. Forestry Services workers are traditionally underserved, yet Oregon OSHA and PNASH have stood out in their efforts to serve this hidden workforce.

This service project builds on past work and provides a new tool that meets Oregon pesticide safety trainer and supervisor needs. It will also serve as a model for bilingual label accessibility, a new requirement from the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) of 2022, and identify future needs for the forestry services industry. The project will expand the user network for the bilingual PestiSeguro™/PestiSafe™ App to a new user audience of forestry workers who handle herbicides/pesticides and read worker safety labels in Spanish.