Worker Protection Standard
The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a set of federal regulations that applies to all pesticides used in agricultural plant production. If you employ anyone to produce a plant or plant product for sale and apply any type of pesticide to that crop, WPS applies to you. The regulations require that you protect your employees from pesticide exposure.
You must inform employees about exposure, protect them from exposure, and mitigate pesticide exposures that they may receive. WPS requirements appear in the “Directions for Use” part of the pesticide label. For more information, see the online Worker Protections Standard, 40 CFR part 170, or visit the website of the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Worker Protection Program or contact the department at (512) 463-7622 or pesticides@TexasAgriculture.gov.
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