Agricultural owners, family labor and the worker protection standard (WPS)
On August 21, 1992, the U.s. Environmental Protection Agency published the new Worker Protection Standard (WPS), which took effect on October 21, 1992. The Standard is designed to protect those workers and handlers employed in the production of agricultural plants on farms and in forests, nurseries and greenhouses. The Standard requires all employers to take steps to reduce the risk of pesticide-related illnesses and injuries if they: Use pesticides in the production of agricultural plants ; Employ workers and/or pesticide handlers who are exposed to such pesticides ; If you are an agricultural pesticide user and/or an employer of agricultural workers or pesticide handlers, the WPS requires that you provide your employees, and in some cases yourself, family members and others, with: Information about the pesticides you use ; Protection against pesticide exposure ; Ways to alleviate pesticide-related illnesses and injuries ; Farm, forest, nursery and greenhouse owners and their immediate families must comply with SOME of the requirements. It is the intent of this publication to help these owners determine whether they qualify for the agricultural owner exemptions and, should they qualify, to describe the responsibilities that the owners and their families have in complying with the WPS.
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