EPA Announces Federal Register Notice Regarding the Availability of Worker Protection Training Materials

The Environmental Protection Agency is notifying the public that the Agency intends to publish in the Federal Register a notice stating the pesticide safety training materials with the expanded content required by the 2015 FIFRA Worker Protection Standard (WPS) are available for use. The notice of availability will be published in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0184 on www.regulations.gov.

The training materials with expanded content have been available at the Pesticide Education Resources Collaborative (PERC) and were developed through an EPA cooperative agreement. EPA also approved training materials developed by other organizations, some of which are available on PERC’s website. Updated training materials must be used 180 days after the publication of the notice in the Federal Register. Continue reading

EPA Initiates Rulemaking to Revise Certain Aspects of the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) and the Certification and Training (C&T) Rule; Implementation Dates for WPS and C&T Remain In Effect

Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS)

EPA has initiated a process to revise certain requirements in the WPS.  By the end of FY2018, EPA expects to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to solicit public input on proposed revisions to the WPS requirements for minimum ages, designated representatives, and application exclusion zones. The compliance dates in the revised WPS published on November 2, 2015, remain in effect; the Agency does not intend to extend them.

Certification and Training (C&T, or Certification of Pesticide Applicators) Rule

EPA has initiated a process to revise the minimum age requirements in the C&T rule. EPA expects to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to solicit public input on proposed revisions to the rule by the end of FY2018. The implementation dates in the January 4, 2017, final rule, (1) for certifying authorities to submit revised certification plans and (2) for EPA to act on those plans remain in effect; EPA has no plans to change those implementation dates.

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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.

The document may be accessed and downloaded from the PERC website at: http://pesticideresources.org/wps/ttt/manual/index.html Continue reading