Safe with Pesticides/Seguro con Pesticidas
For Specialty Crops in Washington State
Roll out 2021- 2022
PestiSeguro™/PestiSafe™ is a new mobile application developed by the University of Washington that delivers detailed pesticide safety information in both Spanish and English.
The developers recently completed extensive testing with a cross-section of Washington farmworkers. Now we are seeking additional funding to launch the application for use with agricultural workers across Washington state. The long-term project goal is for the app to be financially self-sustaining.
This bilingual app for Washington agriculture contains:
- The health, safety, and environmental safety information in Spanish and English from 40 labels used in apple and pear production. (Offline use with online updates.)
- User friendly mobile interface to search, access, and download pesticide labels approved for use in Washington.* (Online)
- Annotated list of links to pesticide safety and WPS resources in Spanish and English. (Online)
*The search accesses the labels from from the Pesticide Information Center Online (PICOL) website at Washington State University.
Farmworkers in WA state reported 630 cases of pesticide-related illness in 2010-17*. 90% of the affected farmworkers preferred interviews in Spanish. 79% of cases were related to farmworkers' inability to access, understand or act on label safety requirements or instructions. *Pesticide Illness Surveillance Program, WA Department of Health, Sept. 2018
Protect health, save time and money
Pesticide handling errors can harm Washington agricultural workers, crops and the environment and cost farm operations time and money. Critical pesticide safety information is provided in the product label. This document is long and technical, just like a drug package insert. And it is only available in English.
PestiSeguro/PestiSafe was developed by the UW's Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center, part of the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences. The data in this app is for reference and information purposes only.
For more information about the project, visit:
A special thank you to the pesticide handlers, orchard managers, and the project champions from across the agricultural industry and communities for your ongoing support, encouragement, ideas, and critical feedback. Together we are reaching our goal.
This project has received funding and support from the following:
- Washington State Department of Agriculture - Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
- University of Washington: CoMotion and Population Health Initiative Gap Fund.
- Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health (PNASH) Center - CDC/NIOSH cooperative agreement #5 U54 OH007544
Pablo Palmández (hablo español)