WPS Respirator Resources
Under the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) as revised in 2015, there are new requirements for pesticide handlers when product labels require the use of a respirator.
Before handlers can use a respirator, they must receive:
- A medical evaluation by a physician or other licensed health care professional,
- Fit testing with a taste/smell/irritating indicator, or with quantitative measurements, and
- Training about the use, care, and maintenance of the respirator.
Requirements for Employers of Pesticide Handlers
This guide from PERC includes:
- Guidance on selecting respirators based on new/old label language
- Medical evaluation options
- Step-by-step respirator fit-testing procedures
- Respirator cleaning/maintenance guidance
- Frequently asked questions such as, "Can I perform my own fit-test?" and "Are web-based medical evaluations allowed?"
This version was revised in October 2017. Click here for a summary of changes.
Many thanks to the English and Spanish development teams!
The following resources will provide guidance to handler employers, pesticide handlers, and medical professionals.
- Medical Evaluations Prior to Using a Respirator: What medical professionals need to know - PERC-med (coming soon)
- Respiratory Protection for Occupational Users of Pesticides - Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension
- Respirators - Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program
- Respiratory Protection Infographics - Centers for Disease Control
- To Beard or not to Beard? That’s a good Question! - Centers for Disease Control
- Facial Hairstyles and Filtering Facepiece Respirators - Centers for Disease Control
- Respirator Medical Evaluation - AgriSafe Network
- Respiratory Health - AgriSafe Network
- Respirator Fit Testing - AgriSafe Network
- Respirator Fit Testing Demonstration - North Carolina Agromedicine Institute