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The Worker Protection Standard (referred to as the WPS), is a regulation issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce the risk of illness and injury resulting from the use of pesticides in the production of agricultural plants on farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses.
Who must take this course?
Anyone who is exposed to pesticides on the job, and their employers, should understand the hazards of unsafe exposure to pesticides and be familiar with safe work practices that minimize the risk of poisoning or injury. Pesticides can sicken people, especially those who work directly with the pesticides. By law, agricultural employers must provide information and the equipment necessary to protect their employees from the harmful effects of pesticides.
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It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.
Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a printable certificate and wallet card.
We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course.
Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity then you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.
Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.
Our Pesticide Worker Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.
Because of the nature of their work, agricultural workers must take extra care to protect themselves from the hazards of pesticide overexposure. This course is instructive for both workers and their employers. In addition to including information about pesticide use and the health risks of pesticide exposure, the course will detail the specific EPA Worker Protection Standard requirements that employers must adopt and enforce in order to remain compliant and provide their employees with effective protections from pesticide hazards.
Specific topics covered in this course include:
- About This Course
- Course Objectives
- Introduction to EPA Pesticide Worker Safety Training
- What Are Pesticides?
- Introduction to EPA Agricultural Worker Protection Standard
- Pesticide Exposure Types
- Pesticide Exposure Health Risks
- Responding to a Pesticide Exposure Emergency
- Pesticide Exposure First Aid
- Injury Statistics
- Key Terms
- EPA Agricultural Worker Protection Standard
- Information, Protection, and Mitigation Requirements
- Employers and Pesticide Uses Covered by the WPS
- Pesticide Uses Not Covered by the WPS
- Protected Parties
- Agricultural Owner Exemptions
- New WPS Requirements
- Employer Requirements for Protecting Workers and Handlers
- Centralized Information
- Pesticide Safety Poster Criteria
- Centralized Information Accessibility
- Pesticide Safety Training Requirements
- Basic Pesticide Safety Information for Untrained Workers
- Pesticide Safety Training for Workers
- Decontamination Supplies
- Employer Information Exchange
- Emergency Assistance
- Additional Employer Requirements for Protecting Agricultural Workers
- Protections for All Agricultural Workers: Notice About Applications
- Exceptions to Worker Notification
- Oral Warning Criteria
- Warning Sign Criteria
- Posting Warning Signs
- Protections for All Agricultural Workers: Restrictions During and After Applications
- No-Contact Early Entry
- Special Application Restrictions in Nurseries
- Special Application Restrictions in Greenhouses
- Greenhouse Ventilation Criteria
- Early-Entry Worker Protections
- Early-Entry Work Situations
- Short-Term Early-Entry Tasks with No Hand Labor
- Limited-Contact Early-Entry Tasks with No Hand Labor
- Early-Entry Tasks During an Agricultural Emergency
- EPA-Approved Exceptions for Early Entry
- Protections for Early-Entry Workers
- Training and Instructions for Early-Entry Workers
- Decontamination Supplies for Early-Entry Workers
- Personal Protective Equipment for Early-Entry Workers
- Cleaning and Maintaining Personal Protective Equipment
- Additional Resources
Handlers and workers must be trained once at least every five years, counting from the end of the month in which the previous training was completed.