Pesticide Illness Surveillance And Pesticide Illness Reporting
Pesticide Illness Reporting
Per California law, physicians and other health care providers must report known or suspected pesticide-related illness and injury to the local health officer within 24 hours. The local health officer completes a Pesticide Illness Report and provides copies to the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), OEHHA, and the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) within seven days after receipt of the report.
How to Report a Pesticide Illness
Health Care Providers
1. Electronic reporting via the CalREDIE Provider Portal
Physicians and other health care providers can report pesticide illness using CalREDIE.
If you are interested in using the Provider Portal, please contact your local health jurisdiction to sign up for an account and for more information.
2. Report via phone or paper form to the local health officer
If CalREDIE Provider Portal is not available in a county, health care providers may contact their local health department to report a known or suspected case of pesticide-related illness of injury by calling or faxing the completed Pesticide Illness Report (PIR) form.
For a list of phone numbers to call in each county, please click here.
Please collect as much information as possible on the pesticide exposure from the patient during the examination.
3. California Poison Control System
Health care providers often seek advice from the Poison Control Centers for treating and managing a possible pesticide illness or injury. The California Poison Control System offers to inform the local health jurisdiction on providers' behalf.
The Poison Control contact number for health care providers is: 1-800-411-8080.
For work-related (occupational) cases of known or suspected pesticide illness or injury, physicians are also required to complete the Doctor's First Report of Occupational Injury or Illnesss Form (DFR), send it to the Department of Industrial Relations and notify the local health officer by telephone within 24 hours. The physicians also need to send it to the patient’s insured employer or employer’s insurance carrier.
Local Health Officers
Local Health Officers must submit the pesticide illness reports from health care providers to OEHHA and DPR within seven days.
Pesticide illness reports received from health care providers via phone call or faxed should be entered into CalREDIE and submitted. Pesticide illness reports sent on behalf of providers by Poison Control must be entered into CalREDIE as well. For work-related cases, the local health officer must still forward the PIR to Department of Industrial Relations.
For counties not using CalREDIE/PIR, the pesticide illness report may be faxed to OEHHA, DPR. For work-related cases, the local health officer must also forward the PIR to Department of Industrial Relations.
Pesticide Illness Reporting Educational Materials and Training
- OEHHA offers FREE posters and brochures for the general public and health care providers. All educational materials are available in English and Spanish.
- OEHHA offers FREE training classes for physicians, nurses, and other health care providers on the Recognition, Management, and Reporting of Pesticide Illness. Courses are available both in English and Spanish.
- A User Guide is available for new local and state users of CalREDIE/PIR.
Pesticide Illness Investigation and Surveillance
OEHHA reviews and analyzes pesticide illness reports from health care providers for trends in human illness and injury related to pesticide exposure.
OEHHA conducts toxicological evaluations and investigations related to pesticide illness episodes in areas where pesticide applications and offsite drift have resulted in illness complaints and hospitalizations. Per California law, local health officers may request assistance from OEHHA to conduct epidemiologic investigations of pesticide poisoning outbreaks and to develop recommendations to control or prevent poisonings. For reports on specific investigations, please select a link below:
- Final Report, Illness Indicators in Lompoc, California. An Evaluation of Available Data
- Seizures after eating a snack food contaminated with the pesticide endrin: The tale of the toxic taquitos.
- Outbreak of Omite-CR-induced dermatitis among orange pickers in Tulare County, California.
- A Review of Acute Toxicity Studies Results on the Light Brown Apple Moth Pheromone Active Ingredient and Four LBAM Pheromone Products.
- Health Risk Assessment of Malathion Coproducts in Malathion-Bait Used for Agricultural Pest Eradication in Urban Areas.
OEHHA Contact Information: Pesticides@oehha.ca.gov or (916) 324-2829