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The Worker Protection Standard was written by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce the risk of pesticide poisoning among agricultural workers and pesticide handlers.

Oregon OSHA enforces the Worker Protection Standard as it was adopted in 437-004-6000. The standard applies when a pesticide with the words “Agricultural Use Requirements” on the product label is used on plants grown or sold at outlets such as retail nurseries or greenhouses.

The standard covers agricultural workers (people involved in the production of agricultural plants) and pesticide handlers (people who mix, load, or apply crop pesticides) who work on farms and in forests, nurseries, and greenhouses.

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  • Pesticide Safety for Agricultural Workers
    Available in both English and Spanish languages. EPA Approved training video for training agricultural workers about pesticides and the Worker Protection Standard (WPS). This video satisfies the pesticide safety training requirement for workers under the revised WPS effective January 1, 2016.
    Spanish 18:28 minutes  
  • Pesticides in Forestry, A Workers’ Guide to Safe Practices
    Available in English and Spanish languages. EPA Approved training video for training forestry workers about pesticides and the Worker Protection Standard (WPS). This video satisfies the pesticide safety training requirement for workers under the revised WPS effective January 1, 2016.
    Spanish 16:51 minutes  

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*Notice: Worker Protection Standard rules adopted in February 2017 from phase I are finalized, formatted, and available. The recently adopted phase II is available under adopted rules​, and the finalized formatted version will be available soon.

(July 2, 2018)
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