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As discussed in Part 1, (WPS) is a regulation issued by EPA under the authority of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) to protect agricultural workers from the effects of exposure to pesticides. It covers pesticides that are used in the production of agricultural plants on farms, forests, nurseries, and enclosed spaces. The EPA will begin conducting inspections this year (2018) to determine if those affected by WPS are meeting regulations.
Why are these inspections conducted?
- Monitoring employer compliance
- Addressing noncompliance
- Documenting violations
- Preventing pesticide misuses and accidental exposure
- Increasing handler and worker safety
WPS inspections are performed during the significant periods of the agricultural production season, such as:
- During and after pesticide application
- During REIs
- Within 30 days after an REI has expired
Who is required to conduct these inspections?
States and tribes are required to annually report to EPA specific information on WPS agriculture use inspections and enforcement actions. EPA provides guidelines on reporting WPS compliance monitoring and enforcement activities conducted under its FIFRA Cooperative Agreement program.
Where can I find statistics about non-compliance?
The WPS Pesticide Dashboard provides interactive charts that present a summary of key activities related to the WPS program and answers questions like: how many facilities in the United States employ workers covered by the Worker Protection Standard; how many have been inspected, and how many have violations and enforcement taken by states, tribes or EPA.
WPS inspection and enforcement data from 2005 to 2013
Overview of WPS Violations from 2005 to 2013
The EPA provides a link to ask a question, provide feedback, or report a problem.
I want to be sure I am in compliance with the EPA’s regulations, where can I find a program to train my workers in Spanish and English?
Certified Training Institute offers an EPA APPROVED online Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Training Program (in SPANISH and ENGLISH!) which includes a Handler Training Guide and Tracking System at no extra cost! Train up to 25 employees for just $159 or your entire staff unlimited for only $399.