Region 1: EPA New England
Information about Pesticides for Agricultural Applications...
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Visit the National Agriculture Compliance Assistance Center for a plethora of pesticide information!
Worker Protection Standard (WPS)
The FIFRA Worker Protection Standard regulations were published in 1993 and are implemented in all Region 1 states. The rule emphasizes education and training of agricultural workers and agricultural pesticide handlers who may be exposed to pesticides. Components of the education and training include, but are not limited to: pesticide application information posted at a central information area, access to personal protective equipment as required by the pesticide label and specific periods of time when entry to the area recently treated with pesticides is forbidden. WPS educational and outreach materials are distributed to the Region 1 state lead agencies (SLAs) for pesticide regulation and USDA Cooperative Extension Service affiliated with land grant universities to enhance and promote agricultural worker safety.
Pesticide Handlers Safety Training Manuals
Worker Safety Training Handbooks
Here are EPA's Pesticide Worker Safety training handbooks in various languages:
- Protect Yourself from Pesticides, Guide for Agricultural
Workers - Each handbook includes an English translation.
- Chinese-Mandarin (PDF) (48 pp, 1.9 MB)
- Filipino-Tagalog (PDF) (47 pp, 1.7 MB)
- Haitian-Creole (PDF) (47 pp, 2.3 MB)
- Hmong (PDF) (48 pp, 2.6 MB)
- Ilocano (PDF) (47 pp, 1.8 MB)
- Khmer (PDF) (48 pp, 1.8 MB)
- Laotian (PDF) (50 pp, 1.8 MB)
- Polish (PDF) (47 pp, 1.8 MB)
- Portuguese (PDF) (47 pp, 2.5 MB)
- Russian (PDF) (50 pp, 6 MB)
- Spanish (PDF) (48 pp, 1.5 MB)
- Vietnamese (PDF) (46 pp, 1.9 MB)
- Steps to Protect Yourself from Pesticides - Each handbook includes an English translation.
Available Publications: Worker Protection Standard
This is a list of various WPS compliance assistance tools. To request any document on this page, note the document and call 1-888-663-2155, or print this document, mark your selections, and send or fax to:
The National Agriculture Compliance Assistance Center
901 North Fifth Street
Kansas City, KS 66101
Fax: (913) 551-7270
PPE - Personal Protective Equipment
The US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce employees' exposures to hazards when engineering administrative controls are not feasible or effective in reducing these exposures to acceptable levels. Employers are required to determine all exposures to hazards in their workplace and determine if PPE should be used to protect their workers. General industry covers all workplaces except construction, maritime, and mining. (29 CFR Part 1910)
Requirements for respirator fit testing and other requirements pertaining to respirator use can be found at 29 CFR Part 1934.
Please Note: Required Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) that must be worn by pesticide applicators is stated on the pesticide label.
Links to commercial sources for PPE
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Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA)
On August 3, 1996, the President signed into law the most significant piece of pesticide and food safety legislation enacted in many years, the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA). FQPA amends FIFRA and establishes a strong, health-based safety standard for pesticide residues in all foods. It uses "a reasonable certainty of no harm" as the general safety standard. A single, health-based standard eliminates longstanding problems posed by the previously existing multiple standards for pesticides in raw and processed foods. FQPA requires EPA to consider all non-occupational sources of exposure, including drinking water and non-agricultural uses (aggregate exposure). It also requires EPA to consider together as one group exposure to all pesticides with a common mechanism of toxicity (cumulative) when setting tolerances. FQPA provides special protections for children, requires a new screening and testing program for hormonal effects to determine whether the pesticide produces an effect in humans similar to an effect produced by a naturally occurring estrogen or other endocrine effects ("endocrine disrupter chemicals"), and creates new consumer education requirements. Other major provisions include application of new safety standards to all pesticide residue tolerances issued after August 3, 1996 and reassessment within 10 years of all tolerances issued prior to enactment of FQPA. Additional provisions include special incentives to maintain existing minor uses and to develop new ones, streamlined registration of reduced-risk pesticides, reform of the antimicrobial pesticide registration process and authorization for a 15 year registration renewal requirement.