Your employer must provide you with certain protections.

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • Before you perform handler tasks on an agricultural establishment, you should receive training and access to site-specific information about the recent pesticide application(s).
  • When mixing and loading pesticides, your employer should provide materials for routine washing and emergency decontamination.
  • When handling pesticides with labels requiring eye protection, you must have immediate access to at least one pint of water at all times.
  • Within two years after performing handler tasks, you can request information about pesticides you may have been exposed to, either by asking directly or through a designated representative.
  • Your employer cannot retaliate against you for complying with the WPS.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are my responsibilities as a pesticide handler?

What are my employer's responsibilities under the WPS?

Which activities require handler training?

As a handler, how can I get the required training under the WPS?

How and when will I be informed about pesticides in my workplace?


WPS Respiratory Protection Guide: Requirements for Employers of Pesticide Handlers

Personal Protective Equipment

Decontamination Requirements

Application Exclusion Zone

Training Requirements


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