Labor contractors do not have specific responsibilities under the WPS. Agricultural employers and commercial pesticide handler employers are responsible for protecting agricultural workers and pesticide handlers from pesticide poisoning and injury. As a labor contractor you may share some of those responsibilities depending on the circumstances of the work agreement/contract with the agricultural or handler employer.
However, your customers might be looking for a labor contractor that can supply workers who already have WPS training. It might be a competitive advantage for you to provide training and training records that meet the agricultural employer's requirements. Similarly, the agricultural employer may ask you to provide some of the required protections, such as decontamination supplies or emergency assistance. Ultimately however, responsibility for compliance with the WPS resides with the agricultural employer or commercial pesticide handler employer.
Make sure the employer specifies which WPS-related tasks you are responsible for, and provides you with sufficient instructions in order to comply with those requirements. You may be required to provide sufficient information and directions to each worker or handler to ensure they receive the WPS protections applicable to their work.
Example: An agricultural employer hires you to provide workers and ensure WPS pesticide safety training has been provided to those workers. If you fail to provide adequate WPS training, you could be held contractually liable for those violations.
When workers arrive on an agricultural establishment, before they begin work, the agricultural employer is required to provide the following location-specific information. These items should be freely accessible during work hours: