Pesticide Exposure Among Farm Workers in California and Enforcement of Regulations: A Critical Analysis

Sheila M. Schlaupitz, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

This paper examines the effects of pesticide exposure among farmworkers in California. Specificaly, it assesses the following effects: illnesses/injuries sustained, whether the exposure was fatal, number of days of missed work, and number of days spent in the hospital. A number of possible causes of variations in these effects are analyzed, including demographics, activity engaged in at the time of exposure, means of exposure, etc. Potential chronic effects are also discussed. The second part of this paper looks at the enforcement of pesticide regulations in California in terms of its certainty, switness, severity, and meaningfulness.

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