Pesticides

EPA Worker Protection Standard (WPS)

The US Environmental Protection Agency's Worker Protection Standard regulation applies to pesticide use and related farming tasks in the agricultural production of plants.

WPS is aimed at reducing the risk of pesticide poisonings and injuries among agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. The regulation includes requirements for pesticide safety training, notification of pesticide applications, use of personal protective equipment, restricted entry intervals following pesticide application, decontamination supplies, and emergency medical assistance.

The WPS does not cover pesticide use in groundskeeping, golf courses, building maintenance, animal husbandry or research.

Compliance tips and instructions on completing and documenting training can be found below, along with additional resources and frequently asked questions.

Workers

  • Pesticide Worker Protection (WPS) track - Add the track for course registration & to ensure you get email reminders prior to expiration of your training.  The WPS track includes (screen image): 
    • Contact the facility (i.e. research farm, greenhouse, growth chambers) to schedule your classroom/video instruction. Only if a day and time cannot be worked out between the worker and facility manager should the worker register for a classroom training that is offered through Ability, special or individual classroom sessions will not be scheduled.
    • Site-specific training -- needed for entry to any location that may expose you to pesticides. Schedule with site manager/coordinator. This training would typically be done following the video portion of the class at the site. 

Pesticide Applicators

  • Instead of completing the classroom training above for workers, you may submit your current permit (use alternate course). Upload a PDF or image showing your certificate from Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). Documentation must include certification number and expiration date that was issued per Michigan PA 1994, Part 83.
  • You must still complete site-specific training for each location you risk exposure. 

Trainers and Farm Managers