Does WPS apply to me?
The newly revised Worker Protection Standard (WPS) went into effect on January 2, 2017, which requires annual training of agricultural workers and pesticide handlers by qualified WPS trainers. The WPS only applies to agricultural establishments that produce or maintain agricultural plants, AND use pesticide products with "Agricultural Use Requirements" on the label. Completing an EPA-approved Train-the-Trainer course is one way to become qualified to provide annual training to workers, and the only way to become qualified to train pesticide handlers without a pesticide applicator license. Completing this course would also qualify the attendee to then conduct Train-the-Trainer courses in the future.
As an agricultural employer, what type of WPS training should I provide?
Descriptions of agricultural activities and the types of training associated with them. WPS training information
Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC)
WPS related documents, including a link to Oregon’s WPS video for Forestry Workers, are located on the PERC website. PERC is the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative, a new cooperative agreement between the EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs and University of California Davis Extension, in collaboration with Oregon State University. WPS information