Does the WPS apply to organic production?

For Agricultural Employers

Yes. If you use a pesticide product registered by the EPA in the production of organic agricultural plants, the WPS probably applies to you.

Check the pesticide product label in the DIRECTIONS FOR USE section. If you see a box labeled AGRICULTURAL USE REQUIREMENTS, the WPS applies where that pesticide product is used in agriculture, whether conventional or organic.


Use this product only in accordance with its labeling and with the Worker Protection Standard, 40 CFR 170. This standard contains requirements for the protection of agricultural workers on farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses, and handlers of agricultural pesticides. It contains requirements for training, decontamination, notification, and emergency assistance. It also contains specific instructions and exceptions pertaining to the statements on this label about personal protective equipment, restricted-entry intervals and notification of workers.

If you are using a pesticide product with labeling that refers to the WPS AND you are using it on an agricultural establishment directly related to the production of an agricultural plant, you must comply with the WPS. Otherwise, you will be in violation of federal law, as it is illegal to use a pesticide product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.

Some protective requirements for workers and handlers (personal protective equipment, restricted-entry intervals, etc.) are clearly identified on the pesticide label. However, many of the requirements are not. They are still requirements because of this reference to the WPS (40 CFR 170) on the label.

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Agricultural Employer Requirements

If you are an agricultural employer, you must know your responsibilities under the WPS and provide WPS protections to your workers and handlers. You may qualify for the owner/immediate family exemption from certain WPS responsibilities.

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Regulatory Guidance

Browse brief guides about protections for workers and handlers, the AEZ, posting, PPE, exemptions, training, respirators, and more, in English and Spanish.

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