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EPA WPS Resources

EPA Worker Protection Standard (WPS)

The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a regulation originally issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1992 and most recently revised in 2015. This regulation is primarily intended to reduce the risks of illness or injury to workers and handlers resulting from occupational exposures to pesticides used in the production of agricultural plants on agricultural establishments (i.e., farms, forests, nurseries and enclosed space production facilities, such as greenhouses). 

The WPS requires agricultural employers to provide specific information and protections to workers, handlers and other persons when WPS-labeled pesticide products are used on agricultural establishments in the production of agricultural plants.

Worker Protection

EPA WPS Train-the-Trainer for Agricultural Farms

K-State Research & Extension will provide EPA Worker Protection Standard Train-the-Trainer training for agricultural operations. This is a certificate training program that will teach you how to comply with the WPS regulation and implement training on your farm. This training is expected to launch late 2022. 

If you have any questions on the EPA Worker Protection Standards contact Cal Jamerson (agri@ksu.edu or 913-709-0281).