The Farmworker Health and Safety Institute.Farmworkers are treated like second-class citizens living in third world conditions within one of the richest countries in the world. They have fewer rights and legal protections than workers in any other industry. This is clearly seen in the inadequate health and safety protections afforded farmworkers as well as their disproportionate dis·pro·por·tion·ate
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dispro·por exposure to occupational environmental hazards such as pesticides. To address this reality, the Farmworker Health and Safety Institute (FHSI or Institute), was founded in 1991 by El Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas (CATA) and the Farmworker Association of Florida (FWAF FWAF Farmworker Association of Florida, Inc.
FWAF Factory with A Future ) to cultivate worker leadership development by providing training around health and safety and environmental justice issues.
The Institute's long-range goal is to improve farmworkers' occupational and environmental health and safety conditions. This is done by building the capacity of its grassroots farmworker member groups and other farmworker organizations. These workers, in turn, can then build the capacity of the farmworker community so that they are better equipped to collectively address the issues that negatively impact their health and safety.
The Institute's training sessions and materials are created specifically to develop critical thinking and self-advocacy skills. They also reflect a desire for inclusion and a respect for the wisdom and experience each community member has to offer. The Institute's programs are based on an interactive platform that engages participants through hands-on, educational exercises. These exercises are ideal for low literacy and/or non-English speaking workers. These programs utilize role-playing activities, theater skits, flip charts, and props that actively involve participants in the critical-thinking process.
The Institute offers a diverse range of high quality pesticide pesticide, biological, physical, or chemical agent used to kill plants or animals that are harmful to people; in practice, the term pesticide is often applied only to chemical agents. trainings that have been adapted and replicated in various parts of this country, the Caribbean and Mexico as well as other health and safety related training sessions:
a) Pesticide Train-the-Trainer (ToT) Training. This curriculum has been approved by the national Environmental Protection Agency (EPA EPA eicosapentaenoic acid.
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b)Master Training. The Institute prepares experienced Promotores from its member groups as Master Trainers to develop their leadership capacity to conduct the ToT program.
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d)Health Care Provider Training. This training is unique because a team consisting of a trainer from a farmworker community group and a health care provider train health care professionals about the evaluation of pesticide exposure in farmworkers.
e) Training Farmworkers and the Community in Organic Farming organic farming, the practice of raising plants—especially fruits and vegetables, but ornamentals as well—without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. . The Institute takes technical information on sustainable agricultural practices and combines this with farmworkers' traditional knowledge from their home countries to create a truly innovative program.
f) Leadership Development Training. Through discussion and activities, farmworkers begin to analyze and relate their personal experiences/realities to local, national and international events. The focus shifts from the individual to the group in developing a common vision and mission to reinforce the organization's commitment to collective action.
g) Popular Education Training. This training examines the local realities of the different grassroots organizations It may never be fully completed or, depending on its its nature, it may be that it can never be completed. However, new and revised entries in the list are always welcome. and their use of the Popular Education Methodology. It provides a forum for the farmworker groups to develop common strategies through organizing and community participation.
h) Diagnostico. The Diagnostico (Diagnostic evaluation diagnostic evaluation Workup Medtalk An evaluation used to diagnose disease Components Medical Hx, CXR or other images, collection of specimens from blood for lab analysis ) is a tool used by the farmworker grassroots organizations to monitor employer compliance with protective farmworker legislation, particularly as it relates to pesticide practices.
i) Occupational Safety and Health Administration Training for Mushroom mushroom, type of basidium fungus characterized by spore-bearing gills on the underside of the umbrella- or cone-shaped cap. The name toadstool is popularly reserved for inedible or poisonous mushrooms, but this classification has no scientific basis. Packing HouseWorkers. This training expands the Institute's previous trainings on pesticides to include a more comprehensive look at other health and safety issues common in packing houses.
The Institute produced a video documentary titled, Pesticides: From the Fields to Your Table (2004) that takes a look at the reality of farmworkers in this country and their exposure to pesticides as they plant, tend to, and harvest the food that we eat. We see an intimate connection between farmworkers' health and safety and the well being of consumers regarding the use of pesticides in food production.
Through its training programs, the Institute has been able to reach thousands of farmworkers. This is a long-term process and the Institute's training focuses on leadership development by equipping farmworkers with the necessary skills and tools to advocate for better conditions.
For more information about the Farmworker Health and Safety Institute contact:
Farmworker Health and Safety Institute
4 South Delsea Drive
P.O. Box 510
Glassboro, NJ 08028
by Teresa Niedda, Director, Farmworker Health and Safety Institute