worker safety

Laundry study to keep pesticide applicators clean and safe

Carol Black cares about work-place safety. That’s especially true in her job as a pesticide education specialist at Washington State University. To keep workers safe, she and several colleagues are evaluating laundering practices on the clothing worn by professional pesticide applicators. “We have over 24,000 licensed pesticide applicators in Washington, and the first line of […]

Portrait photos of Carol Black. She's wearing a dragonfly brooch on a red sweater.

Help optimize ag productivity, prevent heat-related illness and injury

AgWeatherNet and the University of Washington are partnering to develop a new heat awareness and alert system to help agricultural workplaces prepare for heat waves like we’ve seen recently. Advance notice of extremely hot days will help prioritize work activities so workers stay healthy and productive and crop loss is avoided. If you would like to participate in developing the system or have questions, please contact Jen Krenz at or 206-616-4213.