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Worker Protection Standard Compliance

The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a federal law requiring employers to protect their workers and handlers from exposure to pesticides applied on forests, ranches, farms and greenhouses. WPS is enforced by the US Environmental Protection Agency and in Virginia by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. WPS has some very specific requirements that employers need to adhere to in order to avoid violating the law. This section provides information on this rule and compliance assistance.

EPA Worker Protection Standard

The US Environmental Protection Agency is the federal agency responsible for pesticide regulation in the United States - including the Worker Protection Standard.

The EPA maintains a website with assistance for pesticide applicators at:


IMPORTANT: On February 20, 2014, the EPA introduced some major changes to WPS. These changes are opened to public comment for approximately 90 days from the publication of the public docket. For more information, click HERE

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