What is the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety?

The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety explores and addresses the occupational safety and health needs of people working in agriculture, fishing, and forestry in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The University of Florida is the lead institution of this Center, partnering with the University of South Florida (USF), Florida State University (FSU), Florida A&M University (FAMU), Emory University, and the University of the Virgin Islands. These universities are working together on a range of interdisciplinary research and educational projects designed to promote occupational health and safety among the 240,000 farms — estimated by U.S. Department of Agriculture — to be operating in the region, their operators, families, employees, and contractors, as well as those in the forestry and fishery industries.

The Center’s focus areas/themes and associated research projects include the following:

  • Coastal fishery worker safety and health
    • Research Project: Occupational health and safety surveillance of Gulf seafood workers.
  • Heat stress
    • Proposed Project: Heat stress and biomarkers of renal disease.
  • Pesticide/herbicide exposure
    • Research Project: Extent of agricultural pesticide applications in Florida using best practices.
    • Proposed Project: Agricultural chemical exposure impact on kidney function in farmworkers.
  • Innovative approaches to foster research to practice
    • Research Project: Pesticide and heat stress education for Latino farmworkers through culturally appropriate training.
    • Proposed Project: Role of professional development training for farm labor supervisors.

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Our research projects