Employers must not retaliate against you and other workers attempting to comply with the Worker Protection Standard (WPS), filing a complaint, or providing information during an investigation of WPS noncompliance.
If you perform early-entry activities, your employer must ensure that you are at least 18 years old.
Your employer must provide safety data sheets (SDSs) and application information to you, a representative, or doctor.
This must be done with 15 days of request. Your employer must make the following information available in a central, easy access location for all:
Pesticide safety information must also be displayed at permanent decontamination sites and those serving 11 or more workers. Also, before the application and for 30 days after the REI ends.
Employers operating an agricultural establishment must communicate certain things. They must tell pesticide handler employers the following:
Your employer must warn workers and post warning signs if pesticide labels require it. If not, your employer must post warning signs if the REI of a pesticide applied is greater than:
Your employer must keep all workers and non-equipped handlers out of treated areas, during application. You must also be kept out of:
You may not enter a treated area until the restricted-entry interval (REI) has expired and all posted warnings are removed. This is your employer’s responsibility. There may be exceptions.
Posted warning signs must be posted before an application, but not more than 24 hours. Your employer must keep them posted during the REI. Your employer must remove the signs within 3 days of the REI ending.
When you are on-site, your employer must also tell you (verbally) before each pesticide application about the:
You must have access to decontamination supplies within 1/4 of a mile of where you work. They must be kept together and include:
If you have been exposed to a pesticide and require medical assistance, during your employment or 72 hours after the end of your employment, your employer has several responsibilities. First, they must provide you with transportation to an emergency medical facility. They must also provide medical personnel with important pesticide information: