Worker Protection Standard: Why is it necessary to comply? | South Dakota Department of Agriculture

Worker Protection Standard: Why is it necessary to comply?

The Worker Protection Standard is federal law that provides protection from exposure to pesticides used in the production of agricultural plants. Non-compliance with these regulations is considered to be a use of a pesticide inconsistent with product labeling which is a violation of state and federal law. Persons violating this regulation are guilty of a Class 2 Misdemeanor and may also be assessed a civil penalty not to exceed $5,000 per violation.

Pesticides provide agricultural producers with the ability to efficiently and effectively control pests and reduce potential crop damage but they can pose a serious health risk if not properly used. Strict adherence to the product label is critical to lessen the potential health risk associated with pesticides. Regardless of the requirements stated in state and federal law, the Worker Protection Standard provides sound practices to protect workers and users of pesticides from potential health risks associated with pesticide exposure. Acute and chronic health risks have been documented from exposure to pesticides. Following the practices outlined in the Worker Protection Standard can reduce the risk of exposure for those that handle or work around pesticides.

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