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Texas Department of Agriculture
Worker Protection Program

Presented
by
The Worker Protection Standard for
Agricultural Pesticides
WPS
FIFRA 40 CFR, Parts 156 & 170
Purpose
To protect agricultural workers and
pesticide handlers from exposure to
pesticides
Which employers are covered by this
regulation?
Any agricultural establishment that employs
workers and/or handlers involv...
Which employers are covered by this
regulation?
Examples of regulated employers:
Farms
Nurseries and Greenhouses
Forests
C...
Exempted uses:
pasture and rangeland applications
vertebrate control (rodents, coyotes, etc.)
attractants or repellents us...
Exempted Uses:
livestock applications*
home gardens, orchards and greenhouses
plants in ornamental gardens, parks, golf co...
Once exempt, self-feed producing, livestock
operations now included under WPS
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Beef
Dairy
Feedlot

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Hog
Poultr...
Also included are Ornamental Plant or
Turf Producing Economic Enterprises
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Botanical Gardens
Public Grounds
Pr...
The Label
“Use this product only in
accordance with its labeling and the
Worker Protection Standard, 40
CFR, Part 170.”
Other Label Changes
New restricted entry intervals
(REIs)
Specific descriptions of required
personal protective equipment
...
Which kinds of employees are covered
under the WPS?

Agricultural workers
Pesticide handlers
Agricultural Worker
Any person employed by an agricultural
establishment who performs manual labor
tasks related to the pr...
Pesticide Handler
Any person employed by an agricultural
establishment (commercial pesticide applicator
establishments inc...
Pesticide Handler (cont.)

help with the application, including
incorporation of the chemical into the
soil after applicat...
Pesticide Handler (cont.)
enter a greenhouse or other enclosed area after
application before the inhalation exposure
level...
Pesticide Handler (cont.)
enter a treated area outdoors after
application of a soil fumigant to remove
or adjust covers
di...
Pesticide Handler (cont.)
work as a crop consultant:
during application
during the REI
before inhalation exposure
levels o...
Retaliation
Employers may not retaliate against
employees who attempt to comply with
the WPS.
Employer responsibilities toward his
employees:
Protections for workers
Protections for handlers
Protections for both
General protections for both workers
and handlers:
Information at a central location:
safety poster
name, address and phon...
General protections for both workers
and handlers:
Pesticide safety training:
for workers, within five days of working
in ...
General protections for both workers
and handlers:
Pesticide safety training (cont.):
use EPA-approved or developed
materi...
RETRAINING INTERVAL

The retraining interval
for workers and
handlers is 5 years.
General protections for both workers
and handlers:
Decontamination sites:
soap, water and disposable towels
for handlers, ...
General protections for both workers
and handlers:
Decontamination sites (cont):
within 1/4 mile of where employees
are wo...
General protections for both workers
and handlers:

Information exchange between
grower and commercial applicator:
Commerc...
General protections for both workers
and handlers:
Information exchange between
grower and commercial applicator
(cont.):
...
General protections for both workers
and handlers:
Emergency assistance:
take pesticide exposure victim directly
to the ne...
General protections for both workers
and handlers:
Emergency assistance (cont.):
provide label information to
medical pers...
Additional Protections for Workers

Notification about applications:
in areas being treated or under REI
within 1/4 mile o...
Additional Protections for Workers
Notification about applications (cont.):
warn both ways if label requires it
in a langu...
Additional Protections for Workers
Restrictions during application:
Keep everyone out of area being treated,
except proper...
Additional Protections for Workers
Restrictions during application
(greenhouses):
In nurseries and greenhouses a “keep-out...
Additional Protections for Workers
Restrictions after application
(during REI):
In general, keep workers out of the treate...
Additional Protections for Handlers
Restrictions During Applications:
Both pesticide handlers and their employers
must mak...
Additional Protections for Handlers
Monitoring:
Check on handler at least once every
two hours by voice or sight
communica...
Additional Protections for Handlers
Monitoring (cont.):
Someone with access to PPE needed
for rescue must maintain constan...
Additional Protections for Handlers
Specific Instructions:
Inform handlers of all label
requirements related to the safe u...
Additional Protections for Handlers
Specific Instructions (cont.):
Make sure handlers know how to
safely and correctly use...
Additional Protections for Handlers
Equipment Safety:
Inspect pesticide-handling equipment
before each day of use for leak...
Additional Protections for Handlers
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
Provide handlers with the appropriate label-requi...
Additional Protections for Handlers
Personal Protective Equipment
(PPE):
Provide handlers clean places away from
pesticide...
Additional Protections for Handlers

Personal Protective Equipment
(PPE):
Take any necessary steps to prevent heat
illness...
Additional Protections for Handlers
Cleaning and Maintaining PPE:
Keep pesticide-contaminated PPE away from
other clothing...
Additional Protections for Handlers
Cleaning and Maintaining PPE:
Allow PPE to dry before storing.
Store clean PPE separat...
Additional Protections for Handlers
Replacing respirator filters, cartridges or
canisters:
Replace dust/mist respirator fi...
Additional Protections for Handlers
Replacing respirator filters,
cartridges or canisters:
Replace gas and vapor-removing ...
Additional Protections for Handlers
Disposal of PPE:
Discard coveralls or other absorbent
materials that have been drenche...
Additional Protections for Handlers
Instructions for persons who clean
PPE:
Inform people who clean or launder PPE:
that t...
Additional Protections for Handlers
Exceptions to PPE Requirements:
Closed mixing/loading systems
Enclosed cabs
Enclosed C...
Owner and Family Exemption

The owner of the agricultural
establishment and the members of
his immediate family are exempt...
1995 Changes to the WPS
Reduced REIs for low risk pesticides
Exemption for certified crop advisors
New training requiremen...
Reduced REI for Low-Risk Pesticides
The restricted entry interval has been
reduced from 12 hours to 4 hours for 114
low-to...
New Training Requirements
Beginning January 1, 1996, workers
who have not received WPS pesticide
safety training will have...
New Training Requirements
Before entering any such areas, workers must
receive some basic pesticide safety
information.
Th...
Early Entry Exception for Irrigation
Activities
For irrigation activities that could not have
been foreseen and which, if ...
Early Entry Exception for Irrigation
Activities (cont.)
pesticide does not have double
notification requirement on the lab...
Early Entry Exception for Irrigation
Activities (cont.)
no hand labor is performed, as defined in
WPS (hoeing, picking, et...
Early Entry Exception for Limited
Contact Activities
For limited-contact tasks that could not have
been foreseen and which...
Exemption for Certified Crop Advisors
All persons doing crop advising tasks were
exempt from the WPS until May 1, 1996.
Af...
Exemption for Certified Crop Advisors
(cont.)

Beginning May 1, 1996, independent (for
hire) crop advisors will have to co...
Exemption for Certified Crop Advisors
(cont.)

Before entering a treated area, the crop advisor
must inform persons under ...
Exemption for Certified Crop Advisors
(cont.)
the crop advisor must also instruct
them on:
which tasks to perform
how to c...
Exemption for Certified Crop Advisors
(cont.)
Crop advisors are considered
handlers under the WPS when
performing crop adv...
Exemption for Certified Crop Advisors
(cont.)
They are considered commercial
applicators when doing the advising
tasks for...
Exemption for Certified Crop Advisors
(cont.)
The new crop advisor exemption
applies only after application
ends. It does ...
Exemption for Certified Crop Advisors
(cont.)
The exemption allows the crop advisor
to decide what is appropriate PPE for
...
Recent Changes to the Worker
Protection Standard

Remember that the
WPS is aimed at the
agricultural producer
employing fi...
1996 Changes to the WPS
Final Rule Amendment
Signs
Language
Standard signs
The standard sign shall be at least
14” X 16” with the words DANGER
and PELIGRO in letters at least 1 inch
...
Standard signs
Signs may be smaller
but must be easily seen.
Standard signs
The employer may replace the
Spanish portion of the warning
sign with a non-English language
read by the la...
Decontamination
Requirements
The primary change in
decontamination
requirements is a change in
language from station to
su...
Decontamination
Requirements
The agricultural employer must provide
decontamination supplies for all
workers and handlers ...
Decontamination Requirements
The agricultural employer must
provide decontamination supplies for
all workers and handlers ...
Decontamination Requirements
Workers and handlers may use clean
water from springs, lakes, or other
sources for decontamin...
Decontamination Requirements
In general decontamination
supplies shall NOT be maintained
in an area:
currently being treat...
Decontamination Requirements
Decontamination supplies may also be
maintained in the following areas:
(1) where early-entry...
1997 WPS Policy Decision
Glove requirements
Early entry for cut rose
harvesting
1997

Glove requirements
Gloves shall be of the type specified on
the pesticide product labeling.
Separable glove liners m...
1997

Glove requirements

Used glove liners must be discarded
immediately after a total of 8 hours of
use or at the end of...
1997 Glove Requirements
Aerial applicators are no longer
required to wear chemical-resistant
gloves when entering or leavi...
1997 Cut Rose Exemption
Allows workers to enter the
treated area for three hours per
24-hour period during an REI
for hand...
1997 Cut Rose Exemption
No entry for the first 4 hours and until any
inhalation and ventilation criteria has been
reached....
1997 Cut Rose Exemption
The agricultural employer must notify
workers (orally or in writing in a language
that the worker ...
1997 Cut Rose Exemption
Agricultural employers must
provide, properly maintain,
and instruct workers to wear
early entry P...
1997 Cut Rose Exemption
Workers may wear leather gloves over
the required chemical-resistant gloves,
but
Once leather glov...
WPS is the LAW
Agricultural producers using WPS
labeled pesticides MUST follow the
LAW.
It is the producers responsibility...
Training Materials
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Signs

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Worker Protection Standards

  1. 1. Texas Department of Agriculture Worker Protection Program Presented by
  2. 2. The Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides WPS FIFRA 40 CFR, Parts 156 & 170
  3. 3. Purpose To protect agricultural workers and pesticide handlers from exposure to pesticides
  4. 4. Which employers are covered by this regulation? Any agricultural establishment that employs workers and/or handlers involved in the production or maintenance of agricultural plants, where WPS-labeled pesticides are used.
  5. 5. Which employers are covered by this regulation? Examples of regulated employers: Farms Nurseries and Greenhouses Forests Commercial Pesticide Applicator Establishments
  6. 6. Exempted uses: pasture and rangeland applications vertebrate control (rodents, coyotes, etc.) attractants or repellents used in traps harvested parts of agricultural plants government-sponsored public pest control
  7. 7. Exempted Uses: livestock applications* home gardens, orchards and greenhouses plants in ornamental gardens, parks, golf courses* uses not directly related to agricultural plant production (rights of way, structural pest control) experimental uses of unregistered pesticides
  8. 8. Once exempt, self-feed producing, livestock operations now included under WPS    Beef Dairy Feedlot    Hog Poultry Turkey Note: Pasture and rangeland used for grazing are excluded.
  9. 9. Also included are Ornamental Plant or Turf Producing Economic Enterprises       Botanical Gardens Public Grounds Private Grounds Military Reservations State Parks      Universities Golf Courses Hotels Schools Theme Parks
  10. 10. The Label “Use this product only in accordance with its labeling and the Worker Protection Standard, 40 CFR, Part 170.”
  11. 11. Other Label Changes New restricted entry intervals (REIs) Specific descriptions of required personal protective equipment Double notification requirement on some labels
  12. 12. Which kinds of employees are covered under the WPS? Agricultural workers Pesticide handlers
  13. 13. Agricultural Worker Any person employed by an agricultural establishment who performs manual labor tasks related to the production of agricultural plants. Examples of these tasks are: – -weeding – harvesting – cultivating – pruning – irrigating
  14. 14. Pesticide Handler Any person employed by an agricultural establishment (commercial pesticide applicator establishments included) who performs any of the following tasks in the production of agricultural plants: – mix, load, transfer or apply pesticides – handle opened pesticide containers – act as a flagger during aerial applications – clean, handle, adjust or repair parts of mixing, loading or application equipment that may be contaminated with pesticide residues
  15. 15. Pesticide Handler (cont.) help with the application, including incorporation of the chemical into the soil after application
  16. 16. Pesticide Handler (cont.) enter a greenhouse or other enclosed area after application before the inhalation exposure level indicated on the pesticide label has been reached or the WPS ventilation criteria have been met to: operate ventilation equipment adjust or remove soil covers (such as tarps) check air concentration levels
  17. 17. Pesticide Handler (cont.) enter a treated area outdoors after application of a soil fumigant to remove or adjust covers dispose of pesticides or pesticide containers
  18. 18. Pesticide Handler (cont.) work as a crop consultant: during application during the REI before inhalation exposure levels or ventilation criteria have been met
  19. 19. Retaliation Employers may not retaliate against employees who attempt to comply with the WPS.
  20. 20. Employer responsibilities toward his employees: Protections for workers Protections for handlers Protections for both
  21. 21. General protections for both workers and handlers: Information at a central location: safety poster name, address and phone number of nearest medical emergency facility list of pesticide applications
  22. 22. General protections for both workers and handlers: Pesticide safety training: for workers, within five days of working in treated areas (January 1, 1996) for handlers, before any handling task in language they can understand
  23. 23. General protections for both workers and handlers: Pesticide safety training (cont.): use EPA-approved or developed materials written or audiovisual in Texas, trainer must be qualified, issue verification cards and keep signin sheet for 5 years
  24. 24. RETRAINING INTERVAL The retraining interval for workers and handlers is 5 years.
  25. 25. General protections for both workers and handlers: Decontamination sites: soap, water and disposable towels for handlers, add a clean change of clothing and at least 1 pint of eye flush water if label requires eye protection
  26. 26. General protections for both workers and handlers: Decontamination sites (cont): within 1/4 mile of where employees are working if nearest water source is more than 1/4 mile away, use portable water container and provide at least 1 gal. per worker and 3 gals. per handler
  27. 27. General protections for both workers and handlers: Information exchange between grower and commercial applicator: Commercial applicator must give label information to grower and any required warnings so he may notify his workers.
  28. 28. General protections for both workers and handlers: Information exchange between grower and commercial applicator (cont.): Grower must give commercial applicator warning about any treated areas that will be under REI within 1/4 mile while applicator is present.
  29. 29. General protections for both workers and handlers: Emergency assistance: take pesticide exposure victim directly to the nearest medical emergency facility; or call 911 or other ambulance service if available
  30. 30. General protections for both workers and handlers: Emergency assistance (cont.): provide label information to medical personnel provide information about the exposure
  31. 31. Additional Protections for Workers Notification about applications: in areas being treated or under REI within 1/4 mile of workers warn orally or by posting WPS warning signs
  32. 32. Additional Protections for Workers Notification about applications (cont.): warn both ways if label requires it in a language workers can understand oral warning must include location and description of treated area, time during which entry is restricted and instructions not to enter until REI has expired
  33. 33. Additional Protections for Workers Restrictions during application: Keep everyone out of area being treated, except properly trained and equipped handlers.
  34. 34. Additional Protections for Workers Restrictions during application (greenhouses): In nurseries and greenhouses a “keep-out zone” may apply immediately around the treated area. During some greenhouse applications, the entire greenhouse may be off limits and may have to be ventilated before anyone is allowed inside.
  35. 35. Additional Protections for Workers Restrictions after application (during REI): In general, keep workers out of the treated area during the REI. Three types of exceptions exist: Early entry with no contact Early entry with limited contact Early entry with contact
  36. 36. Additional Protections for Handlers Restrictions During Applications: Both pesticide handlers and their employers must make sure that each pesticide is applied so that it does not contact, either directly or through drift, anyone except appropriately trained and equipped handlers.
  37. 37. Additional Protections for Handlers Monitoring: Check on handler at least once every two hours by voice or sight communication if handling a pesticide with the skull and cross bones symbol on the label.
  38. 38. Additional Protections for Handlers Monitoring (cont.): Someone with access to PPE needed for rescue must maintain constant visual or voice contact with a handler who is applying or otherwise handling a fumigant in a greenhouse.
  39. 39. Additional Protections for Handlers Specific Instructions: Inform handlers of all label requirements related to the safe use of the pesticide. Provide handlers access to the pesticide labeling information during handling tasks.
  40. 40. Additional Protections for Handlers Specific Instructions (cont.): Make sure handlers know how to safely and correctly use all pesticide-handling equipment they are assigned to use.
  41. 41. Additional Protections for Handlers Equipment Safety: Inspect pesticide-handling equipment before each day of use for leaks, clogs and worn or damaged parts. Repair or replace as necessary. Remove pesticide residues from equipment (e.g., wash) before allowing anyone other than trained and equipped pesticide handlers to repair, clean, adjust or service it.
  42. 42. Additional Protections for Handlers Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Provide handlers with the appropriate label-required PPE in clean and operating condition. Make sure handler wears PPE correctly. Make sure respirators fit correctly. Inspect all PPE before each day of use for leaks, tears, holes or worn places; repair or discard damaged equipment.
  43. 43. Additional Protections for Handlers Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Provide handlers clean places away from pesticide storage and handling areas to: store personal clothing put on and take off PPE
  44. 44. Additional Protections for Handlers Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Take any necessary steps to prevent heat illness while PPE is being worn. Do not allow any handler to wear home or take home any contaminated PPE.
  45. 45. Additional Protections for Handlers Cleaning and Maintaining PPE: Keep pesticide-contaminated PPE away from other clothing or laundry and wash it separately. If PPE will be reused, clean before each day of use according to manufacturer’s instructions; if no instructions are available, wash thoroughly in hot water and detergent.
  46. 46. Additional Protections for Handlers Cleaning and Maintaining PPE: Allow PPE to dry before storing. Store clean PPE separately from personal clothing and away from pesticidecontaminated areas.
  47. 47. Additional Protections for Handlers Replacing respirator filters, cartridges or canisters: Replace dust/mist respirator filters: when breathing becomes difficult if filter is damaged or torn according to manufacturer or pesticide label instructions (if they differ, replace at the shorter interval) at the end of each day’s work period, if no other instructions are available
  48. 48. Additional Protections for Handlers Replacing respirator filters, cartridges or canisters: Replace gas and vapor-removing cartridges or canisters: at the first indication of odor, taste or irritation according to manufacturer or pesticide label instructions (if they differ, replace at the shorter interval) at the end of each day’s work period, if no instructions are available
  49. 49. Additional Protections for Handlers Disposal of PPE: Discard coveralls or other absorbent materials that have been drenched or heavily contaminated with an undiluted pesticide that has the signal word DANGER or WARNING on the label. They must not be reused.
  50. 50. Additional Protections for Handlers Instructions for persons who clean PPE: Inform people who clean or launder PPE: that the PPE may be contaminated with pesticides of the potentially harmful effects of pesticide exposure how to protect themselves when handling contaminated PPE how to clean PPE correctly
  51. 51. Additional Protections for Handlers Exceptions to PPE Requirements: Closed mixing/loading systems Enclosed cabs Enclosed Cockpits
  52. 52. Owner and Family Exemption The owner of the agricultural establishment and the members of his immediate family are exempt from most of the WPS requirements.
  53. 53. 1995 Changes to the WPS Reduced REIs for low risk pesticides Exemption for certified crop advisors New training requirements Early entry exception for irrigation activities Early entry exception for limited contact activities
  54. 54. Reduced REI for Low-Risk Pesticides The restricted entry interval has been reduced from 12 hours to 4 hours for 114 low-toxicity active ingredients. Manufacturers may submit more active ingredients for EPA’s consideration.
  55. 55. New Training Requirements Beginning January 1, 1996, workers who have not received WPS pesticide safety training will have to be trained within 5 days of entering areas that were under REI within the last 30 days.
  56. 56. New Training Requirements Before entering any such areas, workers must receive some basic pesticide safety information. This information will include: where pesticides are found how to prevent pesticides from entering the body the fact that further training will be provided within 5 days
  57. 57. Early Entry Exception for Irrigation Activities For irrigation activities that could not have been foreseen and which, if delayed, would cause significant economic loss. The following conditions apply: worker’s contact with treated surfaces is minimal and limited to feet, lower legs, hands and forearms
  58. 58. Early Entry Exception for Irrigation Activities (cont.) pesticide does not have double notification requirement on the label PPE is provided and conforms to label requirements or at least consists of coveralls, chemical resistant gloves, socks, chemical resistant footwear and eyewear (if required by label)
  59. 59. Early Entry Exception for Irrigation Activities (cont.) no hand labor is performed, as defined in WPS (hoeing, picking, etc.) time in treated area does not exceed 8 hours no entry during first 4 hours of REI employer must give workers written or oral notification of the specifics of the exception to early entry in a language they can understand
  60. 60. Early Entry Exception for Limited Contact Activities For limited-contact tasks that could not have been foreseen and which, if delayed, would cause significant economic loss. This exception is subject to the same conditions that apply to the early entry exception for irrigation activities.
  61. 61. Exemption for Certified Crop Advisors All persons doing crop advising tasks were exempt from the WPS until May 1, 1996. After May 1, 1996, employees of agricultural establishments who do crop advising tasks within 30 days of the expiration of the REI must receive the same WPS protections as workers.
  62. 62. Exemption for Certified Crop Advisors (cont.) Beginning May 1, 1996, independent (for hire) crop advisors will have to comply with the pesticide safety training requirements of WPS if they are not licensed applicators or certified crop advisors. They will also have to comply with several new WPS requirements.
  63. 63. Exemption for Certified Crop Advisors (cont.) Before entering a treated area, the crop advisor must inform persons under his direct supervision, through an established practice of communication: name of pesticide active ingredient(s) method of application time of application restricted entry interval REI
  64. 64. Exemption for Certified Crop Advisors (cont.) the crop advisor must also instruct them on: which tasks to perform how to contact the crop advisor
  65. 65. Exemption for Certified Crop Advisors (cont.) Crop advisors are considered handlers under the WPS when performing crop advising tasks in a treated area during application or REI.
  66. 66. Exemption for Certified Crop Advisors (cont.) They are considered commercial applicators when doing the advising tasks for hire. However, these commercial applicators/crop advisors are out of the scope of WPS after the end of the REI.
  67. 67. Exemption for Certified Crop Advisors (cont.) The new crop advisor exemption applies only after application ends. It does not allow entry into the treated area during application.
  68. 68. Exemption for Certified Crop Advisors (cont.) The exemption allows the crop advisor to decide what is appropriate PPE for the job, appropriate decontamination supplies and how to safely conduct the advisor tasks. This information must be communicated to any persons working under the crop advisor's direct supervision in a language they can understand.
  69. 69. Recent Changes to the Worker Protection Standard Remember that the WPS is aimed at the agricultural producer employing field workers and pesticide handlers 96 19 1997
  70. 70. 1996 Changes to the WPS Final Rule Amendment Signs Language
  71. 71. Standard signs The standard sign shall be at least 14” X 16” with the words DANGER and PELIGRO in letters at least 1 inch in height and shall include a circle containing an upraised hand and a stern face.
  72. 72. Standard signs Signs may be smaller but must be easily seen.
  73. 73. Standard signs The employer may replace the Spanish portion of the warning sign with a non-English language read by the largest group of workers who do not read English
  74. 74. Decontamination Requirements The primary change in decontamination requirements is a change in language from station to supplies.
  75. 75. Decontamination Requirements The agricultural employer must provide decontamination supplies for all workers and handlers performing an activity where they may come in contact with anything treated with the pesticide (including, but not limited to soil, water, plants, plant surfaces, and plant parts) in an area where a pesticide was applied or where an REI was in effect within the last 30 days.
  76. 76. Decontamination Requirements The agricultural employer must provide decontamination supplies for all workers and handlers within 1/4 mile of the activity. The employer shall provide soap and single-use towels in quantities sufficient to meet the worker’s and handler’s needs.
  77. 77. Decontamination Requirements Workers and handlers may use clean water from springs, lakes, or other sources for decontamination at a remote work site if such water is more accessible than the water located at the nearest place of vehicular access.
  78. 78. Decontamination Requirements In general decontamination supplies shall NOT be maintained in an area: currently being treated with pesticides that is in a restricted-entry interval
  79. 79. Decontamination Requirements Decontamination supplies may also be maintained in the following areas: (1) where early-entry activities are being performed (2) at mixing and loading sites and in airplanes cockpits
  80. 80. 1997 WPS Policy Decision Glove requirements Early entry for cut rose harvesting
  81. 81. 1997 Glove requirements Gloves shall be of the type specified on the pesticide product labeling. Separable glove liners may be worn beneath chemical-resistant gloves, unless the pesticide product label specifically prohibits their use.
  82. 82. 1997 Glove requirements Used glove liners must be discarded immediately after a total of 8 hours of use or at the end of the 24-hour period during which they were used, whichever comes first.
  83. 83. 1997 Glove Requirements Aerial applicators are no longer required to wear chemical-resistant gloves when entering or leaving an aircraft contaminated by pesticide residues.
  84. 84. 1997 Cut Rose Exemption Allows workers to enter the treated area for three hours per 24-hour period during an REI for hand harvesting of greenhouse grown roses provided the following conditions are met:
  85. 85. 1997 Cut Rose Exemption No entry for the first 4 hours and until any inhalation and ventilation criteria has been reached. Workers must read the label or be informed in a language that they understand about all labeling requirements for safe use and precautions specified for early-entry
  86. 86. 1997 Cut Rose Exemption The agricultural employer must notify workers (orally or in writing in a language that the worker understands) before entering the treated area, that an exception is being used to allow workers to enter a treated area before the REI expires.
  87. 87. 1997 Cut Rose Exemption Agricultural employers must provide, properly maintain, and instruct workers to wear early entry PPE as listed on the label.
  88. 88. 1997 Cut Rose Exemption Workers may wear leather gloves over the required chemical-resistant gloves, but Once leather gloves have been worn for early-entry use, they shall only be worn with chemical-resistant liners and shall not be worn for any other use.
  89. 89. WPS is the LAW Agricultural producers using WPS labeled pesticides MUST follow the LAW. It is the producers responsibility to know the WPS requirements. Ignorance of the LAW is not an acceptable excuse for non-compliance.
  90. 90. Training Materials – – – – Flip charts Videos Books Signs Available from EPA and commercial sources

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