Under the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) as revised in 2015, specific information must be available to agricultural workers and pesticide handlers at all times during their working hours.
What must be posted?
- Hazard information
- Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for each agricultural pesticide product applied in the last 30 days, or longer if there was a restricted-entry interval (REI).
- Pesticide Application Information (Records)
- These records must be posted for each agricultural pesticide product applied in the last 30 days, or longer if there was a REI. Records must contain:
- Name of the pesticide product(s) applied,
- Active ingredient(s) of the pesticide product(s) applied,
- EPA registration number(s) of the pesticide product(s) applied,
- Restricted-entry Interval (REI),
- Crop or site treated,
- Location and description of the treated area(s), and
- Date(s) and time(s) application started and ended.
- Pesticide Safety Information – A WPS poster or other equivalent materials. Updated posters are available here.
Where must it be posted?
Usually, a location is selected where employees congregate, such as where they check in or out of work, change clothes, eat, etc. Workers and handlers must be able to access safety information at any time during normal work hours.
In addition, "pesticide safety information" (the poster, usually) must be posted in permanent locations where employees wash up (i.e. out-buildings, portable restrooms with hand-washing supplies), and temporary locations where more than 10 employees wash up (i.e. tailgate hand-washing stations).
Can we "post" electronically?
Application records and hazard information (SDS) may be kept electronically. If you choose to keep information electronically, all workers must be able to use the computer or another device and must have continuous access to the documents during work hours.
When does this rule go into effect?
January 1, 2017 — Post the pesticide application information and hazard information (SDS), keep the old WPS poster in place.
January 1, 2018 — Post "Pesticide Safety Information" that is updated with newly expanded content, such as the poster below. Be sure to fill in the poster with your site-specific information before posting. Continue posting pesticide application information and hazard information (SDS).
Implementation dates may change.
Check back for updates from EPA.
Previously, the 1992 WPS required posting:
- Pesticide application information — Application records had to include all of the same data points except “crop/site treated” and the start/end times of applications.
- Pesticide Safety Information — A WPS poster with fewer required pieces of information
One of the common posters that was used looked like this:
What is the purpose of posting these items?
The information is intended to:
- Help workers avoid pesticide-treated areas while restrictions are in place
- Protect workers and their families from unnecessary pesticide exposure
- Help workers understand the potential health effects of pesticide exposure
- Enable workers to share important details about pesticide exposure when they are seeking medical care
What might "Central Posting" look like?
- Hazard Information — Includes Safety Data Sheet(s) for each pesticide
- Pesticide Application Information — Includes start and end of application, plus location and description
- Pesticide Safety Information — Includes WPS poster or equivalent information
Image credit: Garnet Cooke, Oregon OSHA, modified by PERC