Protect Yourself from Pesticides poster available

On June 30th the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC) launched its next resource, “Protect Yourself from Pesticides”, a poster satisfying the display requirements of the revised 2015 Worker Protection Standard (§170.311).

The poster is available on the PERC website in two sizes (11”x17” and 22”x34.5”) and in a combination of English and Spanish: Continue reading

EPA Solicits Proposals for the Field Implementation Meeting Support Cooperative Agreement

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting applications for one or more cooperative agreements to manage a Field Implementation Meetings Support program. EPA expects to provide up to $500,000 annually, depending on the Agency’s budget, for a total of five fiscal years (2017 through 2021).

The cooperative agreement will provide financial assistance to one or more eligible applicants to organize and facilitate dialogue and collaboration on pesticide safety programs, mainly the Certified Applicator regulation and the agricultural Worker Protection Standard. Both regulations aim to reduce the risk of pesticide poisoning and injury among handlers, applicators, bystanders and the public.

EPA must receive proposals through Grants.gov no later than – 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on May 12, 2017. View more information on this Request for Applications (EPA-OPP-2017-002).

Pesticide safety manual available

The Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC) in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is delighted to share the highly anticipated resource, “National Worker Protection Standard: A Manual for Trainers of Agricultural Workers and Pesticide Handlers.” Changes to the standard in 2015 have made the previous manual obsolete. This updated manual is written in English and PERC plans to release a Spanish version in spring 2017.

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Webinar on Worker Protection Standard revisions September 21

The Environmental Protection Agency will conduct a webinar on Wed, Sept 21, 1-2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone) designed to update all federal employees, with responsibilities in managing federal lands, on implementation of revisions contained in the new Worker Protection Standard (WPS). The presentation will be one hour, with 30 minutes for questions.

Connection Information:

Call in number: 1-866-299-3188, access code: 703-305-7385#

Webinar link: http://epawebconferencing.acms.com/wps-federal-land-managers/

EPA Announces Revisions to Worker Protection Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing updates and revisions to the existing worker protection regulation for pesticides. This final rule will enhance the protections provided to agricultural workers, pesticide handlers, and other persons under the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) by strengthening elements of the existing regulation, such as training, notification, pesticide safety and hazard communication information, use of personal protective equipment, and the provision of supplies for routine washing and emergency decontamination. Continue reading

EPA Launches Pesticide Worker Protection Dashboard

As part of their overall efforts to increase protection for farmworkers from pesticide exposure and increase transparency, the Environmental Protection Agency recently launched a new Pesticide Worker Protection Dashboard. This interactive tool provides charts and graphs presenting certain key enforcement and compliance information related to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) program under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This effort reflects our ongoing commitment to make environmental data accessible and easy to use. The WPS dashboard presents information on the regulated community and answers questions like:

  • how many facilities in the United States employ workers or handlers covered by the Worker Protection Standard;
  • how many inspections are reported;
  • how many violations have been found, and what enforcement actions have been taken by states, tribes and/or EPA.

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EPA funding opportunities

The following cooperative agreement funding opportunities are available to states, U.S. territories or possessions, federally-recognized Indian tribal governments and Native American Organizations, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions, and local governments. Please consider applying!  The application deadlines are July 5th and July 12th respectively. Continue reading