Pesticide Worker Safety

Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS)

EPA's Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is aimed at reducing the risk of pesticide poisoning and injury among agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. The WPS offers occupational protections to over 2 million agricultural workers (people involved in the production of agricultural plants) and pesticide handlers (people who mix, load, or apply crop pesticides) who work at over 600,000 agricultural establishments (farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses). en español

The WPS requires that owners and employers on agricultural establishments:

  • Provide protections to workers and handlers from potential pesticide exposure.
  • Train them about pesticide safety.
  • Provide mitigations in case exposures may occur.

EPA has revised the worker protection standard, learn more.

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What does the WPS require?

The requirements in the WPS are intended to inform workers and handlers about pesticide safety, provide protections from potential exposure to pesticides, and mitigate exposures that do occur.

Who is covered by the WPS?

The WPS protects employees on farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses from occupational exposure to agricultural pesticides and covers two types of employees:

  • Pesticide handlers: those who mix, load, or apply agricultural pesticides; clean or repair pesticide application equipment; or assist with the application of pesticides.
  • Agricultural workers: those who perform tasks related to growing and harvesting plants on farms or in greenhouses, nurseries, or forests.

More information about who is covered by the WPS and responsibilities of employers.

Where can I get more details about the WPS?

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