Pesticide Safety

EPA's Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a regulation aimed at reducing the risk of pesticide poisonings and injuries among agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. The WPS contains requirements for pesticide safety training, notification of pesticide applications, use of personal protective equipment, restricted entry intervals following pesticide application, decontamination supplies, and emergency medical assistance.

The WPS mandates that Workers and Pesticide Handlers are trained about general pesticide safety and about correct ways to handle pesticides. Handlers and workers must be trained at least once every 5 years. The training class lasts about 1 hour.

Contact EHS&RM (474-5413) to schedule training. Once training has been conducted, EHS&RM submits the participants’ names to the EPA. The EPA then sends the participants cards verifying that the training requirements were completed.

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