Emergency Assistance under the Current WPS
Employers at agricultural establishment must provide emergency assistance to anyone who is or has been employed as a worker or handler on their farm, forest, nursery or greenhouse if there is reason to believe that the worker or handler has been poisoned or injured by a pesticide used on the agricultural establishment, such as through application, spills, splashes, drift or contact with pesticide residues.
Employers must make emergency transportation available to take the worker or handler to an emergency medical facility able to provide treatment from:
- The agricultural establishment or a labor camp on the establishment (for workers).
- The agricultural establishment or another handling site (for handlers).
Employers can "make transportation available" by:
- Taking the employee to the emergency medical facility, or
- Calling an emergency vehicle, such as an ambulance, or
- Making sure the employee has a ride to the medial facility with someone else.
Employers must provide to the worker or handler or to treating medical personnel, promptly upon request, any obtainable information on:
- Product name, EPA registration number, and active ingredients for any product(s) to which the person may have been exposed,
- Antidote, first aid, statement of practical treatment and other medical or emergency information from the product labeling,
- Description of the way the pesticide was being used, and
- Circumstances of the worker’s or handler’s exposure to the pesticide.
Where can I get more information?
- How to Comply Manual, Unit 3 (PDF) (14 pp, 746k, About PDF)
- Emergency Information
- Información para emergencias
- Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings Manual
- Reconocimiento y Manejo de los Envenenamientos por Pesticidas