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  • Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Annual Update

    A draft of the Fiscal Year 2018-19 Mental Health Services Act Annual Update is available for comment/review.

    3/23/2018 1:22:00 PM

  • World TB Day

    Saturday March 24th is World Tuberculosis (TB) Day. TB is an infectious disease passed through the air that usually attacks the lungs but can also attack any part of the body including the kidney, spine, and brain. Most Americans think TB is a disease of the past, but TB is still a significant public health threat, particularly in Monterey County.

    3/23/2018 11:20:00 AM

  • Bayer Issues Recall of Alka-Seltzer Plus® Products

    Bayer is voluntarily recalling Alka-Seltzer Plus® packages that, were sold only in the U.S. at Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and Kroger (including Dillons Food Stores, Fred Meyer, Fry’s Food Stores, Ralphs, King Soopers and Smith’s Food and Drug) after February 9, 2018. The packages can be identified by checking the Bayer logo located on the lower left corner of the front of the carton. If the logo has an orange or green background, the product is included in the recall The affected packages are being recalled because the ingredients on the front sticker may not match the actual product in the carton.



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Information regarding Field Worker Toilet Facilities


The Agricultural Field Toilet Inspection Program (AFTIP) has two purposes:
  • to prevent contamination of food crops by field workers because of unsanitary field toilets, and
  • to keep workers healthy by making sure they have enough safe drinking water.

AFTIP applies to all owners of field toilets that are provided for use by workers in Monterey County agricultural fields.

AFTIP requires that sanitary field toilet and hand washing facilities, and fresh drinking water, are easily available to food crop workers, and requires the permitting, inspection and enforcement of codes and regulations concerning field toilets, hand-washing facilities and drinking water stations.


Food crops that are contaminated in the field can cause the people who eat them to become ill. The Monterey County Health Department has documented reports that people may have contracted Shigella, Salmonella and E. coli illnesses after eating vegetables grown in Monterey County.

Contamination of food crops in the field can happen when:

  • a worker touches food crops with unwashed hands, or
  • food crops are contaminated by excreta (urine or feces) in the soil, or
  • flies that are attracted to excreta in the soil then carry the contaminants to the food crops.
These kinds of contamination can be stopped by making sure that field toilets are sanitary and convenient to use, and that there is plenty of clean water for washing hands.

It is also important, and required by the California Code of Regulations, Section 3457, to provide safe drinking water to field workers for their health and comfort while working.

The field toilet owner, or lessee of such field toilet, must tell each employee where the field toilets, hand washing facilities and drinking water stations are located and must give each employee reasonable time during the day to use them.

The field toilet owner, or lessee of such field toilet, must also make sure that employees properly use the field toilets, hand washing facilities and drinking water stations provided, and must explain to each employee the importance of following good health practices to stop contamination of food crops and to reduce the dangers of communicable diseases, agrichemical residues, dehydration and heat exhaustion.

Document Description
Agricultural Field Toilet Inspection Program & Regulations
Information on the Agricultural Field Toilet Inspection Program with excerpts from California Health and Safety Code California Code of Regulations

Application Form

Agricultural Field Toilet Inspection Program Application
E.coli lettuce Response Report to the State Health Officer Regarding the Investigative and Remedial Actions of Monterey County in Response to the Referenced Outbreaks
Field Toilet Poster Poster for Field Toilets
Inspection Form Printable Inspection form for Agricultural Field Toilet
Letter from California Department of Health Letter from California Department of Health regarding the E.coli outbreak.
Restroom Sticker Printable for restroom

Latest Update

NEW: Cal/OSHA New Frequently Asked Question Section For Field Worker Toilet Facilities

Additional Resources

Field Toilet Presentation: Environmental Health Response to E. coli 0157:H7