By Betsy Buffington and Kristine Schaefer, Department of Entomology
Iowa State University's Pest Management and the Environment (PME) Program and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) have developed a series of Worker Protection Standard (WPS) self-inspection checklists to assist agricultural employers, pesticide dealers and growers to ensure compliance with WPS. Funding was provided by IDALS and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Four checklists are now available for agricultural workers and pesticide handlers in both greenhouse/nursery and agricultural applications. The checklists are available to download from the ISU Extension Online Store.
- Self-Inspection Checklist: WPS Handler Requirements for Agricultural Applications (PSEP 0051)
- Self-Inspection Checklist: WPS Handler Requirements for Greenhouse/Nursery Applications (PSEP 0052)
- Self-Inspection Checklist: WPS Worker Requirements for Agricultural Applications (PSEP 0053)
- Self-Inspection Checklist: WPS Worker Requirements for Greenhouse/Nursery Applications (PSEP 0054)
Agricultural establishments can use the checklists to conduct a walk-through and self-audit their operation. Each checklist provides a brief overview of basic WPS requirements and refers to more detailed information found in the EPA's manual, "How to Comply with the Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides — What Employer's Need to Know."
The WPS is a federal regulation designed to protect employees on farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses from occupational exposures to agricultural pesticides. The Worker Protection Standard offers protections to approximately 2.5 million agricultural workers (people involved in the production of agricultural plants) and pesticide handlers (people who mix, load or apply pesticides) that work at over 600,000 agricultural establishments. Additional information on the WPS is available on the PME website.
Betsy Buffington and Kristine Schaefer are program specialists in the Pesticide Management and the Environment program. Buffington can be reached at 515-294-7293 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Schaefer can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at (515) 294-4286.