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EPA Worker Protection Standard Revisions

Worker Protection Standard: EPA's Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is aimed at reducing the risk of pesticide poisoning and injury among agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. The WPS offers occupational protections to over 2 million agricultural workers (people involved in the production of agricultural plants) and pesticide handlers (people who mix, load, or apply crop pesticides) who work at over 600,000 agricultural establishments (farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses).  For more details, use the link above.

WPS Revisions:  EPA is announcing stronger protections for the nation’s two million agricultural workers and their families working on farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses. These revisions to the 1992 Agricultural Worker Protection Standard will afford farmworkers similar health protections that are already afforded to workers in other industries.  For more details, use the link above.

Application Exclusion Zone:  A major addition to this revision is the Application Exclusion Zone (AEZ).  New no-entry application-exclusion zones up to 100 feet surrounding pesticide application equipment will protect workers and others from exposure to pesticide overspray.  This will be based on the ASABE S-572.1 for classifying spray droplet sizes.  Refer to the above link for additional details.

WPS Train-the-Trainer Criteria and Process:  EPA’s revised Worker Protection Standard (WPS) was published as a final rule on November 2, 2015.  The 2015 revision requires persons seeking to become trainers of workers and handlers through completing a Train-the-Trainer program to qualify by completing an EPA-approved Train-the-Trainer (TTT) program. This requirement becomes effective on January 2, 2017, meaning that a person must complete an EPA-approved program before that date to qualify as a WPS pesticide safety trainer for workers and/or handlers. EPA has prepared guidance material to facilitate the development of programs that meet EPA requirements.  The above link will take you to the EPA guidance document.