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Decontamination Supplies under the Current WPS

Employers at agricultural establishments must make sure that the decontamination supplies described below for washing off pesticides and pesticide residues are provided to:

What supplies are required?

Employers at agricultural establishments must provide workers and handlers with:

For handlers, employers must also provide:

How long must supplies be provided?

For: Provide decontamination supplies... ...if...
Handlers …during the duration of the handling task.
Workers …for 7 days after the end of the restricted-entry interval (REI)… the REI of the pesticide is 4 hours or less.
…for 30 days after the end of the REI… the REI of the pesticide is greater than 4 hours.
…for 30 days after the end of the pesticide application there is no REI.

Location

All decontamination supplies for workers must be located together, reasonably accessible to workers, and not more than ¼ mile from each worker. Decontamination supplies for handlers must be located together, reasonably accessible to handlers, and not more than ¼ mile from each handler during the handling activity. Handlers mixing pesticides must have decontamination supplies at the mixing area.

Worker decontamination supplies must not be in an area being treated with pesticides or in an area under a restricted-entry interval (REI) unless provided in conjunction with approved early-entry work.

Handler decontamination supplies may be located in an area being treated with pesticides or an area that has an REI in effect only if:

What are the emergency eyeflush requirements?

A handler employer must provide each handler with at least 1 pint of emergency eyeflush water when the pesticide labeling requires protective eyewear for the handling task being performed. The emergency eyeflush water must be immediately accessible.

Decontamination After Handling Tasks

At the site where handlers remove their personal protective equipment (PPE), the handler employer must provide soap, clean towels, and enough water to allow handlers to wash thoroughly after removing their PPE.

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