EPA Publishes Pesticides Safety Training Materials

Source: Jeff Vanuga - USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Acting in accordance with 2015 revisions to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard, the EPA has announced the availability of training materials to help employers protect farmworkers, pesticide handlers and their families from pesticide exposure, which has been linked to cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and asthma.

Employers are required to implement the materials – available on the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative website (PERC)– within 180 days of the notice’s publication in the Federal Register on June 22, 2018.

According to the PERC website, EPA-approved training materials will carry an EPA approval number similar to “Approval # EPA WPS TTT W/H 00026.”

The following guidelines apply:

  • Training must be delivered in a manner that can be understood, in a location relatively free from distractions;
  • When training workers or handlers, the trainer must remain present at all times to be available to answer questions, even when showing a video; and
  • Trainers must be qualified, most often by holding a pesticide applicator’s license or by completing an EPA-approved Train-the-Trainer course.

EPA’s announcement comes nearly six months after the agency published a notice in the Federal Register stating that it was reconsidering various aspects of the 2015 WPS revisions, prompting a further delay for employers to enact the enhanced training.