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Update on Agricultural Worker Protection Standards (WPS)

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The January 2018 training requirements (additional topics) for the WPS are delayed to allow more time for training materials and programs to be developed.  The training requirements remain the same as in 2015, which include annual training for workers and handlers, use of EPA-approved training materials, and maintaining training records for two years.

WPS resources are posted on the PERC website:  Posted resources include the How to Comply Manual, WPS Respiratory Protection Guide, updated WPS safety posters, Train the Trainer manual, and several materials to support worker training.  The website also Quick Reference Guide and a great set of checklists for employers.  EPA is funding the efforts to develop more resources, which will be posted once completed.


Carol Black

WSU Pesticide Education Specialist

Washington State University