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Pesticide Worker Safety

Information to Display at a Central Location Under the Worker Protection Standard

Employers of agricultural workers and pesticide handlers must make sure that the information described below is displayed at a central location whenever:

  • any worker or handler they employ is on their agricultural establishment; and
  • a pesticide is about to be applied; or
  • within the past 30 days, a pesticide has been applied or a restricted-entry interval has been in effect.

This information does not need to be displayed if only commercial pesticide handlers (handlers not employed directly by the agricultural establishment) will be on the agricultural establishment.

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What information must be displayed?

The following three types of information must be displayed at a central location before a pesticide is applied:

  1. Pesticide-specific application information, which must include:
    • the location and description of the area to be treated;
    • product name, EPA registration number and active ingredient(s) of the pesticide;
    • time and date the pesticide is scheduled to be applied; and
    • restricted-entry interval for the pesticide.
  2. Emergency information, which must include the name, telephone number and address of the nearest emergency medical facility.
  3. A pesticide safety poster, which must be the EPA Worker Protection Standard (WPS) safety poster, Protect Yourself from Pesticides; or an equivalent poster that includes all of the required elements. Obtain the Protect Yourself from Pesticides poster by ordering the poster in hard copy or on CD from the National Service Center for Environmental Publications.

Where and when must the information be displayed?

An employer must display the required information together in a central location on the agricultural establishment where it is readily accessible and can be easily seen and read by workers and handlers.

The information must be displayed whenever:

  • any worker or handler employed by the agricultural establishment is on the agricultural establishment; and
  • in the past 30 days, a pesticide that references the WPS on the labeling has been applied;
  • or a restricted-entry interval has been in effect.

The information can be displayed continuously.

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Timing of Displaying Application Information

If workers or handlers are on the agricultural establishment at the start of an application, the employer must display the required pesticide-specific information before the application takes place.

If workers or handlers are not on the agricultural establishment at the start of an application, the employer must display the required pesticide-specific information no later than the beginning of their first work period.

The pesticide-specific information must continue to be displayed when workers or handlers are on the agricultural establishment until:

  • at least 30 days after the restricted-entry interval expires, or
  • at least 30 days after the end of the application, if there is no restricted-entry interval for the pesticide.

Other Employer Responsibilities

An employer at an agricultural establishment must:

  • Inform workers and handlers where the information is located.
  • Allow workers and handlers free, unhampered access to the information.
  • Ensure that the poster, emergency information, and application information remain legible during the time they are posted.
  • Promptly inform workers if there is any change in the information on emergencies and medical facilities and update the emergency information listed with the poster.

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