Handler Restrictions (Minimum Age for Handlers)
Pesticide handlers are defined under the WPS as persons who mix, load or apply pesticides. Because handlers have direct contact with pesticides, they are more likely to be exposed to pesticides than agricultural workers doing other jobs.
Read the details of the proposed changes and the rationale before you comment.
All your comments are welcome but we have specific questions for you on changes to Restrictions for Handlers of Pesticides:
A. Suspend Application
- Will this proposal, in combination with the entry-restricted area requirements proposed in Unit XIV., effectively reduce worker exposure to spray drift? Please provide rationale and data to substantiate your response.
- Are there alternatives to this proposal that would better protect workers and others from spray drift, while reserving the flexibility to use pesticides in agriculture? Please provide rationale and data to support your response.
B. Establish Minimum Age of 16 for Handling Pesticides
- Are there alternatives that have not been considered that would improve protections for adolescent handlers, either those under 16 or 18 years old, while allowing flexibility for pesticide use for agriculture?
- What would be the impact on state programs of establishing a minimum age of either 16 or 18 for handlers?
- Would establishing a minimum age of 16 for handlers have an impact on state requirements for certified applicators to be a minimum age? If so, please provide data to support this position.
- Would establishing a minimum age of 18 for handlers have an impact on state requirements for certified applicators to be a minimum age? If so, please provide data to support this position.
- Are there additional benefits or burdens with establishing a minimum age of 16 or 18 for handlers? If so, please provide data to support either position.