Agricultural employers must not direct or allow anyone, other than trained and equipped pesticide handlers, to enter a treated area during a pesticide application. The agricultural employer must inform workers about treated area with entry-restrictions on the establishment if they are expected to walk within 1/4 mile while working.
If the pesticide label requires verbal warnings and/or posted signs, it overrides any other requirements in the WPS. The label is the law.
|Treated Site||Restricted-Entry Interval||Post Warning Sign||Verbal Warning OR Post Warning Sign|
|Outdoor||<= 48 hours||X|
|Enclosed space||>4 hours||X|
|Enclosed space||<= 4 hours||X|
The requirements for the posted warning signs have not changed since 1992. Signs must include:
The agricultural employer may replace the Spanish language portion of the warning sign with equivalent terms in an alternative non-English language if that alternative language is the language read by the largest group of workers at that agricultural establishment.
If an agricultural employer leaves the warning signs in place, the area must be treated as if it was under an REI. It is important to make sure the warning signs are heeded, never ignored.
Warning signs posted in an outdoor production area using the standard sign must be visible from all reasonably expected points of worker entry to the treated area [link "expected points of worker entry" to complete description].
For enclosed space production areas standard warning signs should be posted so they are visible from all reasonably expected points of entry to the structure or space [link "expected points of entry to the structure or space" to complete description].
Yes. The standard sign must be at least 14 inches by 16 inches (14" x 16") with letters one inch high. The WPS allows smaller warning signs to be used to provide flexibility in situations where a smaller sign is more appropriate.
Smaller warning signs may be used as long as the following conditions are met:
If the warning sign has 7/8 inch high letters for "DANGER" and "PELIGRO", then the sign must have:
If the warning sign has 7/16 inch high letters for "DANGER" and "PELIGRO", then the sign must have: