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Worker Protection Standard

What is the Worker Protection Standard?

The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is an EPA regulation designed to protect agricultural workers. It contains requirements for protective equipment, restricted-entry times following pesticide applications, safety training, and other elements to prevent poisoning and injury from pesticides.

Learn about WPS changes in 2015. Most of the changes will be effective in 2017.

Who is protected by the Worker Protection Standard?

If you are a Pesticide Handler or Agricultural Worker on a farm, or if you work in a forest, nursery, or greenhouse that produces agricultural plants, then you are protected under the Worker Protection Standard. Below are some tips and resources to help you comply with the rules and stay safe on the job.

WPS tips for employers and employees:

If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email us at npic@ace.orst.edu.

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Last updated December 28, 2015

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