Transcript The Worker Protection Standard
The Worker Protection Standard
-A Short Overview See the “How to Comply” manual for more information.
Background on WPS
• • • Fully implemented in 1994.
Designed to protect agricultural workers and pesticide handlers from exposure to pesticides.
• Employers required to provide protections for their employees.
Covers all herbicide, insecticide, fungicide, etc., uses on farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses.
The “How to Comply” Manual
• • All persons who employ agricultural workers should obtain and read HTC.
Contact county Extension office or the Plant Board about obtaining a copy.
• • Employer: Any person who hires contracts for the services of workers for the production of agricultural plants.
Handler: Any person who mixes, loads, applies, cleans application equipment, or disposes of pesticides (includes flaggers).
• • Worker: Any person involved with production of agricultural plants but not handling pesticides.
REI: The time after the end of a pesticide application during which entry into the treated area is restricted (usually 12-48 hours for most pesticides).
Key Points of WPS
• • • • • • • Information at “central location” Safety training Personal protective equipment (PPE) Decontamination supplies Notification Emergency assistance Information exchange between commercial applicators and agricultural employers
Information at Central Location
• • • Safety poster Information on nearest medical facility Pesticide application records – Product name – EPA registration number – Location and description of treated area – Time, date and REI of application – Keep records posted for 30 days after REI
Pesticide Safety Training
• • Certified applicators may train their own employees (required every 5 years).
• Must use EPA approved materials and answer questions.
May be trained as workers or handlers (usually handlers in Arkansas).
Safety Training cont.
• Extension Service, Americorp volunteers, and approved trainers can provide training.
• Handlers must be trained before any handling task.
• Workers must be trained before working 5 days.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
• • • Employers must provide and maintain PPE.
They must make sure it is worn, cleaned, and inspected each day before use.
• Employers must take steps to prevent heat illness with their employees.
Employers must provide pesticide-free area for putting on and removing PPE.
• • • • • • Within 1/4 mile of all workers and handlers.
Enough water for routine and emergency washing.
Soap and single-use towels.
Clean coveralls (for handlers).
Handlers must have supplies when removing ppe.
Must be at mixing, loading site.
Notification of Workers
• • • • • Orally warn workers and post treated areas if label requires (for most pesticides you have a choice of the method).
Tell workers which method is in effect.
Post all greenhouse applications.
Must have EPA approved sign when posting.
Remove signs within 3 days after REI expires.
• • • Employer must provide when employees may have been poisoned or injured by pesticides.
Prompt transportation to medical facility.
Provide info. (product, EPA reg. #, active ingredient, etc.) to victim and medical personnel.
• Commercial applicators must provide certain info. to agricultural employers: – Location and description of treated area.
– Time and date of application.
– Product name, EPA reg. #, active ingredient, and REI.
– Type of notification required.
– Any other safety requirements from label.
Information Exchange cont.
• Agricultural employers must provide info. to commercial applicators: – Location and description of treated areas on establishment where pesticides will be applied or an REI is in effect while commercial applicator is on the establishment.
– Restrictions on entering those areas.
Exemptions for Family Farms
• Agricultural owners do not have to provide the following for their family members: – Information at central location – Safety training – Decontamination sites – Emergency assistance – Notification – Provide, clean, and maintain PPE