Worker Protection Standards

Information provided on this page is intended to assist with training related to Worker Protection Standards (WPS) for Agricultural Pesticides.  The WPS became federal regulation in 1992, was fully implemented in 1995, and underwent significant changes in 2015 which became effective in January of 2017.  Information and material provided below is intended as reference only and specific questions related to enforcement should be directed to Texas Department of Agriculture.


Worker Protection Standard – BACKGROUND

In 1992, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a comprehensive regulation called the Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides (WPS). The WPS covers pesticides used in the outdoor and enclosed space production of plants on farms, forests, and nurseries, as well as greenhouses. The WPS requires agricultural employers to take steps to reduce pesticide-related risks when agricultural workers and pesticide handlers are exposed to these pesticides. The EPA has made several changes to the WPS since it was fully implemented in 1995. On November 2, 2015, the EPA revised the WPS, making significant changes to the rule’s requirements. Most of the revised provisions will become effective January 2, 2017; there are four provisions that are delayed until January 2, 2018.


Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative

Training Resources for the Worker Protection Standard 2016.  Includes video, written, and presentation training materials in English and Spanish.  Also includes several additional resources including verification cards, frequently asked questions, checklists and more.


Training Verification Card for EMPLOYEE

Verification cards are no longer required but are an excellent option for recordkeeping and verification.  Annual training requirements can easily be tracked and recorded with the use of cards.  Retain a copy and provide a copy to the trained personnel.

Training Verification Card – EMPLOYEE


Training Verification Card for EMPLOYER

Simple from which can be used to collect training records for each trainee trained by a given trainer.  Simply record the employer name, type of training provided, material number, trainee name, and any addition applicator information for the trainee.

Training Verification Card – EMPLOYER


Texas Department of Agriculture Resources for Worker Protection Standards

Information on the requirements for WPS and reference material for trainers.

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