WPS TrainingTraining is essential for the proper use of pesticides and is key to the success of the Worker Protection Standard. To date, roughly 2.5 million agricultural workers have been trained. EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs has created or funded the distribution of over 1 million compliance manuals for growers; nearly 3 million safety training booklets; 700,000 safety posters; 20,000 safety training videos; and 8,000 grower compliance video/slide sets.
To protect the health and safety of workers and handlers, employers are responsible for training them in the safe use of pesticides. Employers may either train their workers and handlers, or hire employees who have already been trained. Either way, employers must ensure that their employees understand the basic concepts of pesticide safety. Employees need to be trained by qualified trainers and must have the opportunity to ask questions during the training session. (See Worker Training Requirements for information on grace periods and retraining intervals.)
Pesticide safety training is easily accessible to any agricultural employer seeking to train workers. For more information, contact:
Certification and Worker Protection Branch
Office of Pesticide Programs
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460