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Pesticide Worker Safety

Pesticide Safety Radio Campaign for Mixteco Speaking Farmworkers

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Take Care of Your Health Precautions at Work
Man 1: We are Mixteco farmworkers. This season we are working on an apple orchard. Work is good, but we have to take care of ourselves because pesticides can damage our health. Woman 1: I work in an apple orchard with other Mixtecos; at this job we learned that the pesticides they spray on the fruit trees can damage one’s health. If you also work in the field like us, take precautions from pesticides.
Man 2: If you work in the field too, it’s good to wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants, boots and a hat so that you can protect yourself from pesticides. Woman 2: Never drink or bathe in the irrigation water, nor use it to wash your clothes because it can be contaminated with pesticides.
Man 3: Wash your hands well before you eat, drink, smoke, and go to the bathroom. Woman 1: Do not eat fruit in the orchards, because there may be pesticides on them.
Man 1:Stay out of the orchard when pesticides are being applied. If they drift to where you are working, get out quick! Woman 2: After work each day, wash your whole body with soap and water to get rid of pesticides. Wash your work clothes separate from the rest of your family’s clothes.
Man 2: If you begin to feel dizzy or sick to your stomach, or if your eyes, skin, or throat burn, go to a doctor right away. Woman 1: We are Mixteco just like you, which is why we are giving you advice so that you and your family won’t get sick due to pesticides.
Man 3: And let your boss know because he is required to help you!  
Man 1: We give you this advice because we do not want you to get sick.  

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