WPS Handbook for Agricultural Employers

Regulatory Guidance
Training Materials
For Agricultural Employers

This publication is formatted as a small booklet (4.25" x 5.5") and will be useful as a handout when training and/or inspecting agricultural employers under the Worker Protection Standard.

This new guide will help answer questions for agricultural employers including:

  • Does the Worker Protection Standard apply to you?
  • Which pesticide uses are not covered by the WPS?
  • Are you and your immediate family members eligible for the exemption?
  • What are my responsibilities as an agricultural employer?
  • What are my responsibilities for highly toxic pesticides?
  • What are my responsibilities for indoor fumigant applications?
  • How do I comply with WPS when working with a labor contractor?
  • How do I comply with WPS when working with an aerial applicator?
  • Does the WPS apply to organic production?
  • Where can I get help?

Purchase printed copies of the handbook from NPSEC

If you would like to print or download the handbook (28 pp, 3.4MB), click here.

This publication is also available in Spanish (17 pp, 575 KB).

Many thanks to the development team!

Primary Authors:
Kaci Buhl, Oregon State University

Contributing Authors:
Amy Hallman, Oregon State University
Nick Hurwit, Oregon State University
Janet Fults, Consultant
Derrick Terada, U.S. EPA Region 10

Design, Layout and Translation:
The CauseWay Agency (thecausewayagency.com)

PERC Advisory Board Content Reviewers:
Amy Bamber, Association of American Pesticide Control Officials
Lisa Blecker, University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources
Betsy Buffington, Iowa State University
Melanie Forti, Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs
Dean Herzfeld, University of Minnesota
Tony McCandless, Gila River Indian Community
Chuck Moses, Nevada Department of Agriculture
Jolene Warnke-Rozel, Montana Department of Agriculture
Rebecca Young, Farmworker Justice

U.S. EPA Content Reviewers:
Nancy, Fitz, U.S. EPA, Office of Pesticide Programs
Richard Pont, U.S. EPA, Office of Pesticide Programs
Jennifer Park, U.S. EPA, Office of Pesticide Programs
Kathy Davis, U.S. EPA, Office of Pesticide Programs

Translation Reviewers:
Carmina Hanson, North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Ana Rivera-Lupianez, U.S. EPA, Office of Pesticide Programs
Jennifer Weber, Arizona Department of Agriculture

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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