Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs
The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) provides safety training for pesticide workers and worker families, with funding from EPA. This training increases protection for communities that may have a potential for high pesticide exposure. Communities at risk for high pesticide exposure share characteristics such as: low literacy, non-English speaking, low income, high mobility. Their children are also at risk from take-home exposure. EPA funds help support the following projects:
- Project HOPE (Health and Outreach with Pesticide Education) offers free Worker Protection Standard pesticide safety training, required by law. Trainers work with farmworker community outreach workers throughout the country on how to conduct pesticide worker safety training.
- Project SAFE (Saving American Farmworkers Everywhere), through an EPA/AFOP/ AmeriCorps Program, AmeriCorps members are trained as pesticide safety trainers to work in AFOP affiliate sites giving interactive training for farmworkers and farmworker families. Many AmeriCorps members are children of migrant farmworkers.
- Project LEAF (Limiting Exposures Around Families) is a program to prevent take-home pesticide exposure to farmworker children. Pesticide take-home exposure occurs when farmworkers take-home pesticide residues that may cling to their skin, clothing, hats, boots, tools, lunch coolers, car seats and any other items in the work environment. Their children may then be exposed to these pesticide residues. Project LEAF training materials are available for training farmworkers and families to limit pesticide exposure.
- Students Action with Farmworkers (SAF) is a program with Duke University that trains student interns to conduct interactive pesticide safety education for farmworkers and farmworker families.