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Requirement for reporting
Any physician and surgeon who knows or has reasonable cause to believe that a patient is suffering from pesticide poisoning or any disease or condition shall promptly report that fact to the local county health officer (CHO) by telephone within 24 hours.
The complete text for the California pesticide illness reporting requirement is found in the California Health and Safety Code (H&S Code), Section 105200
Procedure for reporting
Physicians report pesticide illnesses, usually by phone, to the local health officer. Each county has designated a phone number for pesticide illness reporting
Phone numbers for pesticide illness reporting, by county
OEHHA is required to maintain a list of phone and FAX numbers for physicians to report pesticide illnesses to their local or county health officers as provided under H&S Code, Section 105200.
Pesticide illnesses are to be reported on a Pesticide Illness Report (PIR) form.
For occupational cases, there is the additional requirement to send a copy of the "Doctor's First Report of Occupational Injury or Illness" (DFR) to the local health officer within seven days and also to send the DFR to the State Department of Industrial Relations.
Pesticide Illness Report form (PIR)
OEHHA is required to produce the Pesticide Illness Report (PIR) form. This form includes addresses and phone numbers for the local health officers to submit the completed forms to the appropriate state agencies.
Distribution of completed PIR forms
Completed PIR forms are distributed to Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), OEHHA, and for occupational cases, the Department of Industrial Relations. DPR issues a yearly report summarizing the pesticide illnesses.