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What is the Worker Protection Standard?

The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is an EPA law designed to protect workers from pesticide poisoning and injury. It aims to reduce pesticide exposures for workers and their families. It applies to farmworkers, and those that work in a forest, nursery, or greenhouse that produces agricultural plants.

It began in 1995 and was expanded in 2015. Farm owners and their immediate families may be exempt from some requirements. Learn more about who is covered by the WPS.

The WPS protects workers by requiring:

If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email us at npic@ace.orst.edu.

EPA's Revised Worker Protection Standard

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Last updated August 19, 2019

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