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Pesticide Worker Safety

Pesticide Worker Safety Cooperative Agreements

The Office of Pesticide Programs administers cooperative agreement programs that align with OPP’s strategic goals and provide the platform for our day-to-day work. The worker safety program cooperative agreements fund projects to educate pesticide applicators, handlers, and farmworkers on working safely with, and around, pesticides.

Below are descriptions of six cooperative agreements. Five of the cooperative agreements have been awarded. The sixth cooperative agreement’s application period has ended.

Awarded cooperative agreements:

Applications closed:

Awarded Cooperative Agreements

National Farmworker Training (Awarded in September 2015)

The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) Exit is the recipient of the National Farmworker Training cooperative agreement. AFOP administers a pesticide safety training program to migrant and seasonal farmworkers with a national network of over 150 pesticide safety trainers in approximately 30 states. Exit Farmworkers receive basic safety training on how to protect themselves against poisoning and injury related to pesticide poisoning, as is required under the EPA's Agricultural Worker Protection Standard, 40 CFR 170.

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Pesticide Educational Resource Collaborative (Awarded in January 2016)

The University of California Davis Extension (UC Davis) in partnership with Oregon State University (OSU) is the recipient of the cooperative agreement, Pesticide Educational Resource Collaborative (PERC). PERC will support the development of resources and materials to promote the safe use of pesticides and help prevent pesticide exposure to applicators and handlers, workers, and their families. More information on PERCExit

With the 2015 revisions to the Worker Protection Standard, and the 2017 revisions to the Certified Applicator regulations, it is necessary to update pesticide safety materials with the latest standards. Materials could include:

  • brochures;
  • factsheets;
  • posters;
  • videos;
  • manuals; and
  • mobile tools.

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Funds Distribution Programs for Pesticide Safety Education Programs (Awarded in August 2017)

The eXtension Foundation Exit is the recipient of a cooperative agreement to establish a system to distribute EPA funds to Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEPs) in State Cooperative Extension Services at Land Grant Universities. The funds will be used by PSEPs to provide pesticide applicator training on the safe use of restricted use pesticides by applicators in agricultural, commercial and residential settings. Read more about pesticide applicator training.

The cooperative agreement is funded at $1,500,000 for the first year, with up to $1,000,000 for each of the four remaining years.  We expect to award up to $5,500,000 over the five years. 

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Pesticide Education for Medical Professionals (Awarded in March 2018)

The University of California Davis Extension (UCDE) in partnership with Oregon State University (OSU) is the recipient of the cooperative agreement, Pesticide Education for Medical Professionals (PEMP). Through outreach, technical assistance and training, UCDE will seek to achieve improved health for farmworker and agricultural communities by increasing knowledge and awareness of environmental and occupational health risks. The program will expand on previous programs by including additional healthcare practice sites, improving existing educational materials, and targeting larger audiences of providers, including doctors, nurses, emergency response personnel and other clinical staff.

The cooperative agreement is funded at $125,000 for the first year, with up to $500,000 per year for each of the four remaining four years, subject to the availability of funds.

Engaging All Stakeholders (Awarded in August 2018)

Michigan State University (MSU) is the recipient of a cooperative agreement to coordinate meetings, workshops and conferences. MSU will coordinate the meetings with partners and stakeholders involved in the implementation of the 2015 revisions to the Worker Protection Standard and the 2017 Certified Applicator regulations. The cooperative agreement is funded at $500,000 for the first year, with a total amount of up to $2,499,999 over the five years, subject to the availability of funds.

Applications Closed

The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC)

The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) is a program that provides the public with objective, science-based information on pesticide-related subjects. The NPIC grantee will provide this information through a website, toll-free telephone service and outreach. We expect to award $1,000,000 in the first year, with a total amount of up to $5,000,000 over the five years of the cooperative agreement (2019-2024).

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