Worker & Handler Protection Standard
ONLINE HD VIDEO TRAINING PROGRAM FOR WORKERS & HANDLERS
This training solution provides everything you need train workers and handlers under the EPA's Worker Protection Standard . The Worker Protection Standards program is designed to inform pesticide workers and handlers about safety methods and procedures that must be followed. The program will provide access to specific information for workers and handlers including pesticide applications on the establishment, safety data sheets for pesticides applied on the establishment, and pesticide safety information that includes emergency information.
- Course Description
- Course Demo
- Instructor led HD Video instruction with an actual instructor on screen
(Not Narrated Slides)
- Graphically Enhanced Text that you can use to follow along.
- Automatically generates certificates for all workers and handlers
- 24/7 Access from any computer or Mobile Device. Even your phone!
Info for Employers
- $159 trains all of your staff for 1 year (up to 50 employees)
- We handle the paperwork and provide documentation
- Training can be done in office at your convenience as often as needed
- Certificates can be printed immediately after course completion
- We store your staff's training certificates and documentation
Who is a Worker?
An agricultural worker is anyone who works in a field that has been sprayed with pesticides within the last 30 days or does high-contact agricultural tasks such as weeding, moving irrigation equipment, pruning, and harvesting. Workers DO NOT handle pesticides.
Who is a Handler?
A handler is anyone who assists with applications, mixes, loads, or transfers pesticides into application equipment, cleans repairs, or maintains application equipment, works on equipment that has been used to mix, load, or apply, disposes of pesticides or materials with pesticides on them, acts as a flagger, performs tasks as a crop adviser, or applies pesticides.
Which Establishments are Required to Provide Worker Protection Standard Training?
The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) applies to all establishments involved in growing, producing, or maintaining for sale agricultural plants (including ornamental plants).
This may include, but is not limited to:
- Nurseries, garden centers, or other similar operations where plants are maintained for sale (retail or wholesale).
- All Crop producing farms.
- Dairy farms that produce hay for cattle.
- Forestry Operations
- Golf courses that produce their own sod
- Public park operations that produce their own plants
- Prisons that have "Prison Farms" where agricultural plants are produced and the prisoners are employed as workers or handlers.
- The WPS also applies to any establishment operating as a commercial pesticide handling establishment that applies WPS-labeled pesticide products on agricultural establishments or provides crop advising services for an agricultural establishment
How does it work?
- $159 will train your whole staff for a year
- Employers provide employee names for certification
- Employees can watch the video course individually or all at once
- Certificates will be available for each student at the end of the course
How long is the course?
The Worker Protection Standard course is 1 hour long
The Handler Protection Standard course is 1 1/2 hour long
This Training Program is based on EPA Approved Materials:
These training programs must be completed by workers and handlers with a Qualified Person Present to answer Questions. This Person can be a:
- Certified Applicator
- State, Tribal, or EPA-Designated Trainer of Applicators, or Handlers
- Person who has completed an EPA-Approved Train-The-Trainer (TTT) Program
State Law or Tribal ordinance may supersede these requirements and may require trainers to also complete state or tribal specific programs
Which pesticide applicators are covered by the WPS?
Most establishments covered by the WPS are crop producing such as farms, forest operations or nurseries. WPS also covers family owned agricultural operations even if only family members handle and work around pesticides. Essentially, WPS applies to any entity that grows, maintains or produces agricultural plants.
The following facilities or operations that are not generally recognized as traditional agricultural production establishments are covered by the rule if they use WPS-labeled pesticide products:
- Nurseries, garden centers or other similar operations
- Dairy farms if they produce hay for cattle feed.
- Golf courses that produce sod or ornamentals for their course
- Public parks or privately-held ornamental garden operations that produce ornamental plants
- Theme parks, hotels, or other entertainment operations that produce ornamentals for their locations
- Prisons that have “prison farms” where plants are produced by employed prisoners
- University extension agricultural research facilities that conduct research on agricultural plants
- Educational classes or vocational agriculture programs where plant production is completed by students and students receive compensation or reduced tuition
- Pine straw harvesting/production operations.
- Government-owned or managed agricultural operations.
The WPS also applies to any entity operating as a commercial pesticide handling establishment applying or advising the application of WPS-labeled pesticide products on agricultural commodities
What does Worker Protection Standard Require?
All employers must provide EPA approved pesticide training for workers and handlers. Employers must also provide access to specific information including: applications on the establishment, safety data sheets for pesticides applied on establishment, and display a poster with pesticide safety and emergency information.
Employers must keep workers and others out of areas where pesticides are being applied and away from equipment during applications. Handlers must stop application if workers or others are near equipment during applications. Workers must stay out of areas that are under a restricted-entry interval (REI). All early-entry workers on the job in in pesticide-treated areas during REI must be trained in the correct usage of personal protective equipment. Any handlers using highly toxic pesticides must be monitored. Personal protective equipment must be provided and monitored by employers.
The Worker Protection Standard course will train handlers and workers on supply decontamination and emergency assistance including transportation in the case of a pesticide-related accident.
When is Worker Protection Standard Required?
As of January 2nd, 2017 employers are required to train workers and handlers annually before pesticide application.
What has changed with Worker Protection Standards?
- Applicator competency standards are enhanced to be sure RUPs are used safely
- There is now a nation wide minimum age of 18 for certified applicators
- 5 years is now the maximum renewal cycle for private and commercial applicators
- Fumigation and aerial applicators now need specific certifications
- Expanded options for certification programs in Indian Country with tribal sovereignty
- Non certified applicators must now receive specialized training to work under the supervision of a certified applicator
- Streamlines and clarifies requirements for states, tribes, and federal agencies to administer their own certification programs.
Which Pesticides are included under Worker Protection Standards?
Any pesticides that are classified as restriced-use or RUP are covered by the new Worker Protection Standards
Do these changes affect pesticide use by professionals around my home?
Yes, any use of RUPs will need to meet the new Worker Protection Safety Standards.
How can I contact the EPA with Worker Protection Standard questions?