Jan 13, 2017Training programs help comply with new Worker Protection Standards
Beginning Jan. 2, 2017, the Federal Worker Protection Standards (WPS) revisions took effect. These changes are designed to provide stronger protections for the nation’s two million agricultural workers and their families. Growers will be responsible for taking additional steps when applying pesticides, providing worker and applicator training, new record-keeping requirements, respirator testing and numerous other items. These changes impact all farms, large and small.
The Worker Protection Standards protect agricultural workers and pesticide handlers by reducing the risks of injury or illness resulting from contact with pesticides on farms, nurseries and greenhouses. Worker Protection Standards requirements are intended to inform workers and handlers about pesticide safety, provide protections from potential exposure to pesticides, and mitigate exposures that do occur.
Michigan State University Extension still has several Worker Protection Standard Outreach Sessions available to help growers understand changes to the standard and what must be done to be in compliance. All registered participants will receive outreach, training and compliance tools. Please join us at one of the following locations:
- Jan. 24 in Benton Harbor, Michigan, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Jan. 31 in New Era, Michigan, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Feb. 17 in Traverse City, Michigan, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Four core recertification credits will be offered.
The cost of the program is $25 and advanced registration is required. To register for one of these sessions, go to Worker Protection Standard Outreach Sessions webpage.
— Jill O’Donnell, Michigan State University
Source: Michigan State University Extension