PestiSeguro™/PestiSafe™

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PestiSeguro™/PestiSafe™

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PestiSeguro™ PestiSafe™
For Specialty Crops in Washington State
Roll out 2022

PestiSeguro™/PestiSafe™ is a new service that will deliver the pesticide label safety information right to your phone -- with both the English and contextual Spanish translations.

Developed at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health, one can conveniently access this information with an app on any mobile device. A wide range of Washington farmworkers and farm managers who tested the ap, responded enthusiastically, saying “they would use the product and that the Spanish helped them learn the English.” Producers emphasized that they consider this service an important tool for managing health, environmental, financial, and reputational risks that may occur when pesticides are not handled properly.

This service will be provided through agricultural production companies. Our long-term goal is for the service to be financially self-sustaining.

This bilingual app for Washington agriculture contains:

  • Anytime, anywhere, access, No connectivity needed. 
  • User friendly interface and easy navigationThe HS&E protection information in Spanish and English (Offline) 
  • Direct access to pesticide labels approved for use in Washington.* (Online)
  • Links to pesticide safety and WPS resources in Spanish and English. (Online)

*The search accesses the labels from the Pesticide Information Center Online (PICOL) website at Washington State University.

Research shows

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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.

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Acknowledgements

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:

 WSDA logo  CoMotion logo    UW Population Health Logo Pacific Northwest Agriculture Safety and Health Center logo   

  • 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

Contact us

PNASH 
206.616.1958
pnash@uw.edu

Pablo Palmández (hablo español)
509.728.2018
palmap@uw.edu