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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.

Virginia Worker Protection Standard Program

The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a regulation issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and enforced by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Office of Pesticide Services. It covers pesticides that are used in the production of agricultural plants on farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses. WPS requires that you take steps to reduce the risk of pesticide-related illness and injury if you 1) use pesticides, or 2) employ workers or pesticide handlers who are exposed to such pesticides.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) - Office of Pesticide Services (OPS) is the lead agency in Virginia for pesticide regulation.  This includes WPS.

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