This project is developing mobile device apps with health, safety, and environmental information from EPA agricultural pesticide labels in English with contextual Spanish translations. Pesticide handlers, farm managers, and growers can have this critical safety information in hand anytime, even in rural areas without connectivity. The project received new funding this year through UW awards for business development in marketing and financial sustainability, and the Social Entrepreneurship Fellows Program for Francis Abugbilla, Ph.D. Student.
Commercial agricultural pesticide labels come in booklets that can be many pages long. Traditionally, farm managers or coworkers often provided on-the-spot translations that may not be inaccurate or are unavailable when needed. This project addresses the inherent language disparity that can compromise farmworker health and safety and is central to our work developing safety solutions designed for a predominantly Spanish-speaking audience. With these apps, agricultural workers, managers, and companies can have the confidence that they are taking the appropriate measures to minimize ag worker, family, and community exposure to pesticides, as well as protect their crops and the environment. Proactively, growers and owners also view these apps as a risk management tool.
This past year, a free app ¡Etiquetas de Pesticidas, ahora!TM Pesticide Labels, Now!TM was released for the apple and pear industries in Washington State. It is now available on the Apple App and Google Stores. It contains 40 pesticide labels in English and Spanish for products commonly used on these crops. With wifi or data, one can also search the state database of approved labels and use the links to Worker Protection Standard training and information. The app is now being developed into a premium subscription service and will be available for most Washington State specialty crops.
Learn more about this project through PNASH’s Pesticide Safety webpage.
Principal Investigator: Kit Galvin, MPH, CIH
Senior Research Scientist, PNASH Center
University of Washington
Partners and Advisories:
Washington Labor and Industries Safety and Health Investment Projects Grant Program
Washington State: Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
University of Washington CoMotion and Population: Health Initiatives
NASD Online Training - Keeping Pesticide on the Farm: Practical Solutions for Minimizing Family Exposure
Pesticide Safety in Tree Fruit: Translating Research, Overcoming Barriers