- Category: Pesticides
- Published: Tuesday, 23 July 2013 17:38
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WPS is a rule that requires training and facilities to keep farm workers and pesticide handlers safe from pesticide effects due to working on the farm. To help people comply with the WPS, UDAF recommends that if you use any pesticide (insecticide, herbicide, fungicide, etc.…) on an agricultural establishment, you should get a Utah Private Applicator Pesticide License. It does not matter if you apply the pesticide, (even if it is not a Restricted Use Pesticide) or somebody else does - you will be subject to the WPS and YOU will need to obtain a license to make following the rules easier.
Federal law requires agricultural workers to be trained regarding pesticide safety. There are two kinds of training:
- for agricultural workers who work with plants which have been treated with pesticides; and
- for agricultural workers who apply pesticides under the direction of a licensed pesticide applicator.
Federal law also provides for penalties for failure to comply. Under the Utah Pesticide Control Act the penalty is considered under Unlawful Act R-68-7-14 (11) for failing to follow WPS regulations according to the labeled instructions.
THE OWNER OF THE ESTABLISHMENT IS RESPONSIBLE TO MAKE SURE ADEQUATE TRAINING IS PROVIDED TO BOTH WORKERS AND HANDLERS
A worker has certain legal rights under the WPS program. These include the right to be informed about pesticide use that may affect the work environment, the right to receive WPS training, and the right to ask questions without fear of reprisal.
For workers exposed to pesticide residues on plants with which they are working, WPS training must include the following eleven items:
- Descriptions of where and in what form pesticides may be encountered during work activities.
- Hazards of pesticides resulting from toxicity and exposure including acute and chronic effects, delayed effects, and sensitization.
- Routes through which pesticides can enter the body.
- Signs and symptoms of common types of pesticide poisoning.
- Emergency first aid for pesticide injuries or poisonings.
- Instructions on how to obtain emergency medical care.
- Routine and emergency decontamination procedures, including emergency eyeflushing techniques.
- Hazards from chemigation and drift.
- Hazards from pesticide residues on clothing.
- Warnings about taking pesticides or pesticide containers home.
- Requirement of the WPS designed to reduce the risks of illness or injury resulting from workers' occupational exposure to pesticides including application and entry restrictions, design of the warning sign, posting of warning signs, oral warnings, availability of specific information about applications, and protection against retaliatory acts.
There are many specifics about the WPS that may concern your establishment. Please contact your UDAF staff for more information.