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Exception for Irrigation Activities under the Current WPS

On May 3, 1995, EPA completed an exception to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) that would allow, under specified conditions, workers to enter pesticide treated areas during a restricted entry interval (REI) to perform irrigation tasks.

This exception allows workers the flexibility during an REI to perform irrigation tasks that could not have been foreseen and which, if delayed, would cause significant economic loss. At the same time, the exception includes significant provisions to limit pesticide exposure and risk to employees performing irrigation tasks.

The conditions of the exception for early entry irrigation activities are:

To read more, see the May 3, 1995 Federal Register notice.

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