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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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Worker Protection Standard Fiscal Impact
*Notice: Worker Protection Standard rules adopted in February 2017 from phase I are finalized, formatted, and available. Phase I is effective January 1, 2018. The phase II Worker Protection Standard Rules, concerning the Application Exclusion Zone (AEZ), were adopted in June 2018, and are available here and on our adopted rules page. Rules 437-004-6405 and 437-004-6406 will be effective January 1, 2019. The formatted version will be available on that date.
(October 9, 2018)
Application Exclusion Zone FAQ
Overview of additional Oregon OSHA protective measures
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