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Notice About Applications and Pesticide-Treated Areas under the Current WPS

Under most circumstances, worker employers must notify workers about areas where pesticide applications are taking place or where restricted-entry intervals (REIs) are in effect.

Both Oral Warnings and Posted Signs

Some pesticide labels require the employer to notify workers both orally and with signs posted at entrances to the treated area. If both types of notification are required, the following statement will be in the “Directions for Use” section of the pesticide labeling under the heading "Agricultural Use Requirements":

Notification Requirement

On farms, forests, and nurseries, employers must notify workers either orally or by the posting of warning signs at entrances to treated areas unless the pesticide labeling requires both types of notification. The employer must inform workers which method of notification is being used.

In greenhouses, employers must post all treated areas, except as described below. If the pesticide labeling requires both types of notification, the employer must also notify workers orally.

Exceptions to Worker Notification

Oral warnings need not be given to any worker and posting a pesticide-treated area is not required if:

Oral Warnings to Workers

Oral warnings must be provided to workers in a manner they can understand and must include:

Workers who are on the agricultural establishment at the start of an application must be orally warned before the application takes place.

Workers who are not on the agricultural establishment at the start of an application must be orally warned at the beginning of their first work period if the application is still taking place or the REI is in effect.

Posted Warning Signs

warning sign in english and spanish saying danger pesticides, keep out, no entry

Use WPS-compliant signs to post warnings at entrances to treated areas.

On farms, forests, and nurseries, a worker employer must post the signs so they can be seen from all points where workers usually enter the pesticide-treated area, including at least:

In greenhouses, post the signs so they can be seen from all points where workers usually enter the pesticide-treated area, including doorways, aisles, and other walking routes.

When there are no usual points of worker entry to the pesticide-treated area, an employer must post the signs in the corners of the pesticide-treated area or in places where they will be most easily seen.

Regarding the timing and visibility of warning signs, a worker employer must:

Warning Signs in Other Languages

To assist agricultural employers with preparing warning signs in other languages, the following signs are provided below. All warning signs must be visible, legible, and in the required format.

ten similar warning signs that say danger pesticides, keep out, no entry in different languages

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