Worker Protection Standard: What is it? | South Dakota Department of Agriculture

Worker Protection Standard: What is it?

The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a regulation issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It covers pesticides that are used in the production of agricultural plans on farms, forests nurseries, and greenhouses. The WPS requires you to take steps to reduce the risk of pesticide-related illness and injury if you:

  • Use such pesticides
  • Employ workers or pesticide handlers who are exposed to such pesticides

Agricultural pesticide users and/or employers of agricultural workers or pesticide handlers are required to provide to their employees and, in some cases, to themselves and others:

  • Information About Exposure to Pesticides.
    • Pesticide Safety Training.
    • Pesticide Safety Poster.
    • Access to Product Labeling Information.
    • Access to Specific Information Regarding Pesticide Applications.
  • Protections Against Exposure to Pesticides.
    • Prohibit Applications That Will Cause Exposure to Other Persons
    • Exclude Workers from Treated Areas.
    • Exclude Workers from Areas That are Under a Restricted-Entry Interval.
    • Some Exceptions are Allowed.
    • Notify Workers About Applications to Avoid Exposure.
    • Protect Handlers During Handling Tasks.
  • Ways to Mitigate Exposure to Pesticides.
    • Provide Decontamination Sites.
      • Routine Washing Stations with Soap, Water, and Towels.
      • Emergency Washing Stations.
    • Emergency Assistance.
      • Transportation to a Medical Facility.
      • Information about pesticide(s) that the person may have been exposed to.