Pesticides (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, or animal husbandry.

Worker Training

The training requirement covers employees and students conducting research-related activities in areas where they may be exposed to pesticides. 

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 an annual instructor-led video presentation and an initial WPS site training (screen image): 

  1. Annual classroom/video instruction - Contact the facility (i.e. research farm, greenhouse, growth chambers) to schedule this required training in advance of the due date. Site Contacts. 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. Alternative for pesticide applicators

  2. Site-specific training - You must participate in a formal orientation for any WPS site prior to entering that site. Schedule your orientation training visit with the site manager or trainer. Site Contacts. This training typically follows the initial video class. You can attend as many WPS Site orientations as needed as long as your annual classroom video training is up-to-date. Workers only need to attend a specific site training once. 

Certified Pesticide Applicators

Pesticide applicators require state certification. Instead of an annual training schedule, certified pesticide applicators are compliant with EPA regulation and MSU policy upon providing documentation of successful exam results and/or their MDARD card. 

  • Instead of completing the classroom training above, email a copy of your MDARD certificate to train@ora.msu.edu or you may upload a copy into the equivalent course. Documentation must include certification number and expiration date that was issued per Michigan PA 1994, Part 83.
  • New documentation is uploaded when the State certification is expiring (every 3 years instead of annually).
  • Site-specific training is required at least once for each location where you risk exposure. 

Trainers and Farm Managers