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Worker Protection Standard

The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a federal regulation issued by U.S.EPA. The WPS applies to growers who own or manage a farm, forest, nursery, or greenhouse where pesticides are used in production of agriculture plants and have one or more of these situation:


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Worker Protection Standard Checklist

This checklist (on the backside) lists the major requirements of the Worker Protection Standard. Your responsibility as an employer depends on whether your farm is solely family owned and operated or whether you hire non‐family handlers and/or workers. These key points may not meet all compliance requirements. For complete instructions, you should consult the How‐To‐Comply manual, available from the U.S. EPA National Agriculture Compliance Assistance Center.


Owners: Owners and their immediate family (parents, sisters, brothers, children, stepparents, and stepchildren) are exempt from many of the provisions of the WPS. However, owners are encouraged to give all WPS protections to themselves and their families.

Handlers: Persons mixing, loading, or applying pesticides. Persons doing other tasks involving direct contact with pesticides such as flagging or repairing pesticide‐contaminated equipment. Persons performing tasks as crop advisors or scouts during applications or re‐entry intervals (REIs).

Workers: Persons performing tasks related to the production of agricultural plants such as harvesting, planting, weeding, or watering.

Owner

Handler

Worker

Key Requirements for WPS Compliance

 

 

 

Wear PPE indicated on the label.

 

 

 

Observe restricted-entry intervals on the label.

 

 

 

Dispose of contaminated PPE.

N/A

 

 

Information at a central location (WPS safety poster, information on each application, and location of emergency medical facility).

N/A

 

 

Pesticide safety training (unless they have evidence of valid EPA training in the last 5 years. (See training criteria.) Certified applicators are considered trained.

N/A

 

 

Decontamination site – water, soap, towels. (Add change of clothing for handlers.)

N/A

 

 

Emergency assistance (transportation and information).

N/A

 

N/A

Monitoring handlers (if handling skull and crossbones pesticides).

N/A

 

N/A

Specific instructions for handlers (pesticide label information, access to labels, and how to use application equipment.

N/A

 

N/A

Equipment safety (inspection and maintenance of application equipment).

N/A

 

N/A

Personal protective equipment (provide, clean, maintain PPE and prevent heat illness).

N/A

 

N/A

Exceptions to PPE (closed systems, enclosed cabs, and enclosed cockpits).

N/A

 

N/A

Provide a pesticide-free area for changing clothes (PPE cannot be worn or taken home).

N/A

N/A

 

Restrictions during applications (do not allow workers in the area).*

N/A

N/A

 

Restrictions during restricted-entry intervals (and limitations on early entry).*

N/A

N/A

 

Notice about applications (oral warnings and/or treated area postings).

Other Duties

 

 

 

Provide instructions for people who repair or maintain equipment.

 

 

 

Provide instructions for people who clean PPE.

 

 

 

Exchange information with custom applicators and independent crop advisors (areas under REI and PPE required).