Worker Protection Standards (WPS)


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 situations:

  1. Hire or contract for services of agricultural workers who receive compensation and do tasks such as harvesting, weeding or watering.
  2. Operate a business or farm where pesticides are applied by handlers who receive compensation and do tasks related to mixing, loading, transferring or applying pesticides. Click HERE for complete list of handlers tasks.
  3. Operate a business where crop advisor tasks are performed. Click HERE for a complete list of crop advisor tasks.

New! EPA has proposed changes for the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard. Click here to read "What is the Worker Protection Standard, and How has it Changed in 2016?"

Updated WPS poster for "central display" area
How to Comply Manual
2016 WPS Final Rule
2016 WPS Quick Guide
WPS Comparison Chart 

Web-Based Training for Train-the-Trainers of Agricultural Workers and HandlersCompletion of this course certifies you as a qualified WPS trainer of agricultural workers and pesticide handlers in the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. You must check with your state or tribal pesticide regulatory agency for possible additional requirements.

(Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative-$35)


Click here to view the EPA website on revisions the Worker Protection Standard

Click here for WPS Checklists


More information on the WPS Respirator Requirements & the Applicator Exclusion Zone (AEZ):

AEZ Factsheet


Spanish Resources

Pesticide Education Resources Collaborative

  • PERC: the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative, a new cooperative agreement between the EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs and University of California Davis Extension, in collaboration with Oregon State University.