Pesticide Exposure Resources

 

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK YOU'VE BEEN EXPOSED TO PESTICIDES PROTECT YOURSELF

People, pets, and wildlife can be at risk for health problems as a result of exposure to pesticides. Pesticides can be absorbed by breathing air with vapor or particles, contact with skin, or through contaminated food or water. Off target pesticide drift can occur during any method of application (i.e., aerial, vehicles, backpack or hand methods). Be very careful when in an area that has been sprayed with pesticides. Depending on the type of pesticide, vapors and residue may remain in the air or on a surface for hours to days after a spray.

The following information is meant to help you navigate through the resources available in our state if you think you have been exposed to pesticides, or your pets or property has been harmed by pesticide drift.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO FILE A COMPLAINT
Pesticides are regulated in Oregon by the Oregon Department of Agriculture in accordance with Oregon Revised Statutes Chapter 634 Pesticide Control.

HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT
All pesticide complainants receive a response from a state agency within 24 hours. You will be asked by an agency staff person if you are seeking information or filing a complaint. You must state clearly (on the phone or when filing a complaint form) that you are “making or filing a pesticide complaint.” If you do not make this statement, the agency is not obligated to respond to your complaint. Important: It is your right to ask for a case number, so be sure you ask for your case number and when you can expect an investigator to contact you directly.

CONTACT THE PESTICIDE ANALYTIC RESPONSE CENTER (PARC)
Call PARC at 503-986-6470. ​​Your phone call will be routed 24 hours a day to 211-info specialists, who will take your information. PARC staffers will contact you within one business day. ​
PARC Coordinator: PARC@oda.state.or.us
Website: https://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/Pesticides/Pages/PARC.aspx

CONTACT THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, PESTICIDE DIVISION
Email: pestx@oda.state.or.us
Phone: 503-986-4635
Website: https://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/Pesticides/Pages/AboutPesticides.aspx
Online Complaint Form
Report of Loss Form

SHOULD I COLLECT SAMPLES FOR LAB TESTING?
In some situations, after you file a pesticide complaint, the Department of Agriculture may collect vegetation samples or swabs from objects for laboratory analysis to determine the presence/extent of uncontrolled pesticide drift.

In certain situations you may want/need to collect your own water or vegetation samples to determine the presence of pesticides at your own expense. Environmental Sampling can be expensive and samples must be carefully collected in a timely manner and stored/transported properly for accurate results.

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Always contact the laboratory you plan to use for the cost of testing and instructions on how to collect your sample and submit for analysis. See the list of Certified Analytical Laboratories serving Oregon :https://www.oregon.gov/oda/programs/Pesticides/Documents/2020/AnalyticalLabsServingOregon.pdf

CALL BEYOND TOXICS FOR ASSISTANCE
As Oregon’s leading environmental watchdog organization, we collect data on pesticide poisoning and/or pesticide damage incidents for research and to help our members. We want to help you seek justice through regulatory and legislative reform on chemical policies. Tell us your story.
https://www.beyondtoxics.org/work/pesticide-reform/pesticide-incident-report-form/

10 Steps to Take If You Are Affected By Herbicide Drift (PDF)

Please reach out to us if you have any questions about pesticides.
We can help walk you through the process to file a complaint with the Oregon Department of Agriculture. We can help you connect with others who are knowledgeable about pesticide exposures. We may be able to advise you with pesticide drift sampling (vegetation, water). Call us at 541-465-8860 or email: info@beyondtoxics.org

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

READ THIS INFOSHEET FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ON WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE EXPOSED TO PESTICIDES.

To Find Pesticide Information: Know the Science
National Pesticide Information Center
(800) 858-7378 / npic@ace.orst.edu

For Information About Pesticide Regulations in Oregon
Oregon Department of Agriculture – Pesticides Division
(503) 986-4635 / pestx@oda.state.or.us

Pesticides at Work: Know Your Risks and Regulations
Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
(503) 378-3274

Medical Emergencies and Immediate Health Concerns
Oregon Poison Center
Poison Hotline: 1-800-222-1222

To Report a Pesticide Spill or Release
Oregon Emergency Response System
(800) 452-0311 / (503) 378-6377

For questions regarding pesticide use issues in Eugene, contact:
John Clark, City of Eugene Natural Resources and Urban Forestry
541-682-4826 (direct line); 541-682-4800 (department)


 

DISCLAIMER: There is no uniform way that all people are exposed to pesticide spray drift. People are exposed to pesticides in many different ways and places. The information on this page is meant to help you navigate through the resources available in our state.


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