Pesticides and PARC

​​Contact

To report a pesticide incident that has impacted people, animals, or the environment, call 503-986-6470. ​​Your phone call will be routed 24 hours a day to 211info specialists, who will take your information. PARC staffers will contact you within one business day.
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Theodore Bunch Jr.
PARC Coordination Team Leader
Christina Higby
Citizen Advocate Liaison

Need to make a pesticide use complaint? 

Pesticide complaints webpage ​​​

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The Pesticide Analytical and Response Center (PARC) was created by executive order in 1978. The program was reauthorized under the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) as ORS 634.550, in 1991. 

PARC is mandated to perform the following activities with regard to pesticide-related incidents in Oregon that have suspected health or environmental effects: Collect incident information, mobilize expertise for investigations, identify trends and patterns of problems, make policy or other recommendations for action, report results of investigations, and prepare activity reports for each legislative session.

PARC does not have regulatory authority. Its primary function is to coordinate investigations to collect and analyze information about reported incidents. Member agencies conduct most of the investigations and take any necessary enforcement action(s). The eight member agencies include the following: Oregon Health Authority (OHA)Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (​ODF&W)Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OR OSHA)Office of the State Fire Marshal (SFM)Oregon Poison Center (OPC)Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA)​​.

Investigation coordination includes collecting reports produced by member agencies and consultation as necessary with a toxicologist with Oregon State University. Other governmental bodies may also participate in the reporting or investigation of an incident. 

​​Pesticide incident response information

Coordinating Oregon's Response to Pesticide Incidents

PARC's pesticide-incident response process

PARC Member Agencies' SOP Summaries

Abbreviated look at PARC members' standard operating procedures. PARC's operating procedures

What To Do If You Are Exposed to Pesticides information

Steps to take if exposed to pesticides

Request for Pesticide Information from a Health Care Professional

Pesticide use request form for health-care providers treating patients exposed to pesticides. Submit to PARC when completed via fax, 503-986-4735, or email parc-hcprequest@oda.state.or.us​. Pesticide use request form for health-care providers

PARC board's remaining 2019 schedule

Meetings are from 9 a.m. to noon
September 18: Oregon Occupational Health Safety & Health, Salem (details TBA) 
November 20: Oregon Health Authority, Portland State Office Building, Room 1B, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland

PARC board meeting materials​​​​

March 2017 agenda (draft)​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
PARC board representatives​​

Stephanie Page

Position: PARC Administrator
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Theodore Bunch Jr.

Position: Board Co-Chair
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Curtis Cude

Position: Board Co-Chair
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Nate Agalzoff

Position: Representative
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Garnet Cooke

Position: Representative
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Danette Faucera

Position: Representative
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Michael Heffner

Position: Representative
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Kate Jackson

Position: Representative
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Will Lackey

Position: Representative
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Charisse Pizarro-Osilla, RN

Position: Representative
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Jennifer Gervais, PhD

Position: Community Representative
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Fred W. Berman, DVM, PhD

Position: Consultant
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​​​​PARC reports​

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National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC)

NPIC provides objective, science-based information about pesticides and pesticide-related topics to enable people to make informed decisions about pesticides and their use. NPIC is a cooperative agreement between Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. National Pesticide Information Center website

Pesticide Exposure, Safety and Tracking (PEST) Program

Discusses ways to reduce pesticide-related illness and injury by surveying incidences and educating the public. Pesticide Exposure, Safety and Tracking Program website

Recognition and management of pesticide poisonings

Reference guide for health-care providers. Recognition and management of pesticide poisonings website

Reconocimiento y Manejo de los Envenenamientos por Pesticidas (Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings)

Reconocimiento y Manejo de los Envenenamientos por Pesticidas website

PARC community member application ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

PARC Public Member Application and Qualification Form

The PARC Board accepts applications for the Community Member position even though the position may currently be filled. The term for the Community Member board position is two years and will next expire June 30, 2019. PARC public member application

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