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:
Hold a current pesticide applicator license
Complete an EPA-approved Train-the-Trainer (TTT) course
Become designated as a trainer by the state’s lead agency for regulating pesticides
This collection is a resource for trainers throughout the United
States. State-specific rules are not included.
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. This manual is also available in Spanish.
These are PowerPoint presentations with approximiately 166 slides and 12 sections, available in both English and Spanish.
When delivered in their entirety, they are each an EPA-approved Train-the-Trainer course for agricultural
workers and pesticide handlers (Approval # EPA WPS TTT W/H 00026).
This web-based course provides the information required to train those who will train agricultural workers and pesticide handlers under the U.S. EPA Worker Protection Standard (WPS). It is self-paced with 12 modules, quizzes and a final exam. The course costs $35.00, and requires 2-3 hours to complete. You must check with your state or tribal pesticide regulatory agency for possible additional requirements (Approval # EPA WPS TTT W/H 00030.)
Requirements related to WPS training delivery for workers and 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