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Changes to the WPS in 2015 - Effective in 2017

Changes announced in 2015 were designed to provide more protection for agricultural workers. Most new requirements will go in effect on January 2, 2017. Some highlights include:

Department of Labor rules about respirators, access to chemical information, and whistle-blower protection do not apply to agricultural workers. Now, many of those provisions have been added to the Worker Protection Standard, extending equal protection under the law.

The new Worker Protection Standard continues to exempt farm owners and their immediate families from many of the rules, and the definition of 'immediate family' was expanded.

EPA's Revised Worker Protection Standard

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Last updated December 28, 2015

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