Review reveals problems protecting workers from pesticides

An AP review reveals that the pesticide-safety system designed to protect farmworkers is riddled with problems.

News Story (Florida, NATIONAL)

Jason Dearen
Associated Press (AP)
February 3, 2016

Tags: Farm and Migrant Workers, Health Care, Workers Rights

Organizations mentioned/involved: Florida Legal Services (FLS)


An Associated Press review of federal and state enforcement data and other records revealed that the pesticide-safety system is riddled with problems: Investigations often take years to complete and result in few penalties. Written warnings are common, fines rare. Compliance is sometimes voluntary, not required. And worker anonymity can be compromised, making employees reluctant to report violations.

The agriculture industry defends the system, saying the low numbers are a sign that farms are doing a good job of protecting workers.