Under the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) as revised in 2015, there are new requirements for pesticide handlers when product labels require the use of a respirator.
Before handlers can use a respirator, they must receive:
- A medical evaluation by a physician or other licensed health care professional,
- Fit testing with a taste/smell/irritating indicator, or with quantitative measurements, and
- Training about the use, care, and maintenance of the respirator.
This new guide from PERC includes:
- Guidance on selecting respirators based on new/old label language
- Medical evaluation options
- Step-by-step respirator fit-testing procedures
- Respirator cleaning/maintenance guidance
- Frequently asked questions such as, "Can I perform my own fit-test?" and "Are web-based medical evaluations allowed?"
Purchase printed copies of the guide from NPSEC. If you would like to print or download the guide, click here for a high quality version (48 pp, 3.5MB).
This publication is also available in Spanish. For a high quality print version (48 pp, 3.5MB) click here.
This version was revised in October 2017. Click here for a summary of changes.
Many thanks to the English and Spanish development teams!
The following resources will provide guidance to handler employers, pesticide handlers, and medical professionals.