The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is intended to protect agricultural workers and pesticide handlers from the risks of prolonged pesticide exposure. It was recently updated, and many new standards go into effect on January 2, 2017. This collection will help the agricultural community comply with one of those new rules.

Agricultural workers and pesticide handlers must receive training before they begin work and every 12 months. That training includes information about pesticide residue, the potential health effects of pesticide exposure, and how to avoid bringing pesticide residues home. Trainers must be qualified.*

*What makes a WPS trainer “qualified?” They must meet one of these criteria:

This collection is a resource for trainers throughout the United States. State-specific rules are not included.

A Manual for Trainers of Agricultural Workers and Pesticide Handlers.
This is a manual with 262 pages. It includes basic principles of the Worker Protection Standard, essential training elements, sample exercises, and a glossary of terms.
A Curriculum for In-Person Delivery of a Train-the-Trainer Course
This is a Power-Point Presentation with 166 slides, 12 sections, and six optional activities. When delivered in its entirety, it is an EPA-approved Train-the-Trainer course for agricultural workers and pesticide handlers (Approval # EPA WPS TTT W/H 00026). This presentation was updated to correct some formatting issues in AEZ-related slides on February 17, 2017.
Coming in fall 2017 – A Web-based Train-the-Trainer Course
This is a set of online modules that trainers may complete independently. Completing this course will qualify people to train workers and pesticide handlers, even without a pesticide applicator’s license.

Requirements related to WPS training delivery for workers and pesticide handlers:

  • Trainers must be qualified*
  • Trainers must remain present and answer questions
  • Training materials must be EPA-approved
  • Training must be delivered in a manner that trainees can understand
  • Training must be delivered in a place that’s conducive to learning, and relatively free of distractions