Advocating for Safe and Sanitary Job Site Conditions
Field sanitation and hygiene for agricultural workers in the field is important because a workplace without adequate field sanitation fosters communicable diseases and lacks pesticide-exposure protections. For example, drinking from a communal cup attached to an employer-provided cooler of water, or lack of soap or handwashing facilities and portable toilets, increases the likelihood of illness and exposure.
Given the prevalent use of pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, and herbicides, organophosphates put workers at risk. Farmworkers must be educated on their rights to safe working conditions and adequate sanitation and hygiene at job site locations and housing.