Feb 23, 2018
Guide outlines Agricultrual Worker Protection Standard

The 2015 revised Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is complex, so this guide from the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative is intended to break it up into bite-sized chunks and sorts information by user types to tailor the learning experience for workers, handlers, employers, and more. This WPS Compliance Assistance Library is a web-based guide to help people on farms, orchards and other agricultural establishments comply with the WPS.

Answers to your questions:


  • Protections for Workers
  • Protections for Handlers
  • Exceptions and Exemptions
  • Posting Warning Signs
  • Respiratory Protection Guide
  • Hazard Communication
  • Training Requirements
  • Decontamination Requirements
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Application Exclusion Zone (AEZ)  

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  • What are my responsibilities as a labor contractor?
  • What are my responsibilities as a crop adviser?
  • What are my responsibilities as a worker?
  • What are my responsibilities as a handler?

The material and content has been reviewed by federal regulators, farmworker advocacy organizations, university experts, and state agriculture officials. However, users are cautioned not to rely on any one resource for compliance information. Please refer to the official “How-to-Comply” Manual and the regulation, then contact your state regulatory agency with questions regarding compliance with the WPS.

If you have any questions about navigating the WPS-Compliance Assistance Library, please direct them to PERC at [email protected].

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