Pesticide Illness Surveillance Program
Since 1971, California law requires physicians to report any known or suspected illness caused by a pesticide exposure. The Pesticide Illness Surveillance Program (PISP) is tasked with collecting and evaluating these reports before they are assigned to county agricultural commissioners to investigate the exposure circumstances. Scientists then review the collected information and enter it in a database. This data not only reflects the effectiveness of the California’s pesticide regulatory program but also identifies areas for improvement. PISP data is also used by the Exposure Monitoring and Health Investigation Program, Industrial Hygiene Program, Human Health Assessment and Human Health Mitigation Program. A handout, PDF (124 kb) describes the PISP program in more detail.
California PISP Annual Reports
California Pesticide Illness Query (CalPIQ)
- California Pesticide Illness Query - Generate customized information from the Pesticide Illness Surveillance Program database.
- Data dictionary, PDF (344 kb) for the CalPIQ and PISP Annual Reports
- How to file a pesticide illness report - The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment oversees physician reporting.
- Pesticide illness surveillance programs in other states
- Information for physicians - Resources for health care providers
For content questions, contact:
1001 I Street, P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento, CA 95812-4015
Phone: (916) 445-4222