2018-legalwithleah

Legal with Leah: Worker Protection Standard

On the latest Legal with Leah, Leah Curtis, policy counsel for Ohio Farm Bureau, updates farm employers on rule changes to the Worker Protection Standard.

The Worker Protection Standard is a set of regulations that are intended to reduce the risks of illness or injury to workers and handlers from exposures to pesticides in their jobs. The WPS requires agricultural employers and commercial pesticide handler employers to provide certain information and protection to workers, handlers and other persons when they use a WPS-labeled pesticide product on agricultural establishments in the production of agricultural plants. 

This set of regulations was updated in 2015. Ohio Farm Bureau provided substantial comment on these revisions, including convening several grower conference calls to ensure the individual concerns of OFBF members subject to these regulations would be heard.

A number of new resources have been created by the U.S. EPA to help farmers ensure they are in compliance with these laws.

A “How to Comply with the Worker Protection Standard” Manual is available here.
The Pesticide Education Research Council has also prepared a number of videos, including training videos in English and Spanish, in conjunction with U.S. EPA. They are available here.

Listen to Legal with Leah, a podcast featuring Ohio Farm Bureau’s Policy Counsel Leah Curtis discussing topics impacting farmers and landowners.

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Amanda Domsitz 

Amanda Domsitz is a communications specialist for Ohio Farm Bureau.