Even if you are the owner of a farm, forest, nursery, or an enclosed space production facility (e.g. greenhouse, hoop house, high tunnel) and you or members of your immediate family do all of the work, you are a 'WPS employer' and must comply with some of the requirements.

If you bring workers on the property by any means, you are responsible for providing them with protections required by the WPS. Labor contractors can be assigned WPS responsibilities but the labor contractor is not responsible for your WPS compliance. See the “How-to-Comply” Manual Chapter 2 and Chapter 3.

If you employ handlers directly, you are responsible for providing them with the protections required by the WPS. See the “How-to-Comply” Manual Chapter 2 and Chapter 4. Commercial pesticide handler employers are responsible for providing the handlers they employ with those protections. See the “How-to-Comply” Manual Chapter 5. Information exchange is key.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are my responsibilities as an agricultural employer?

How do I comply with WPS when working with labor contractors?

How do I comply with WPS when working with a commercial pesticide handler employer?

How do I comply with WPS when working with an aerial applicator?

What are my responsibilities for highly toxic pesticides?

What are my responsibilities for indoor fumigant applications?

Does the WPS apply to organic production?

Guides

Compliance Schedule

Central Posting Materials — Informing Workers About Agricultural Pesticides

WPS Respiratory Protection Guide: Requirements for Employers of Pesticide Handlers

Personal Protective Equipment

Posting Warning Signs

Decontamination Requirements

Application Exclusion Zone

Training Requirements

Family Exemption to the Worker Protection Standard

Checklist: WPS Requirements for Agricultural Employers of Workers

Checklist: WPS Requirements for Agricultural Employers of Handlers

How to Comply with the Worker Protection Standard (Manual)

 

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