Tell the EPA: Protect Farmworkers from Toxic Pesticide Exposure

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Worker Protection Standards for farmworkers must be stronger (Docket number: EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0184)

Dear Administrator McCarthy,

Farmworkers are men and women who are an important part of our communities, our food system, and the American economy. They deserve the same protections that other workers enjoy. While I am in support of the EPA finally issuing stronger regulations to better protect farmworkers from toxic pesticide exposure, there are a number of areas that I hope are addressed in the final version to ensure farmworkers have the strongest protections possible.

*Raise the minimum age of pesticide handlers to 18;
*Require posting of pesticide hazard information in a central location so farmworkers don't have to ask the employer to access it;
*Require mandatory posting of fields where pesticides have been applied that have a 24-hour waiting period before it's safe to re-enter;
*Require nationwide medical monitoring for workers who handle the most dangerous and neurotoxic pesticides.

As a Latino that cares about the health and well-being of our community, I urge you to include these changes to the revisions of the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard. We must have the strongest possible protections for workers and families in agricultural communities and ensure environmental justice for all.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

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