On November 2, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the final rule of the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) regulation. Due to the major changes in the regulation, EPA is allowing extra time for employers, trainers, and regulators to adjust to the new requirements, as well as time for the development of updated training materials. To accomplish this, EPA added the new revisions to the end of the existing regulation. Until 2017 the existing regulations will remain in effect with no changes. EPA intends to delete the existing regulations once compliance of the revised regulations is implemented.
WPS Implementation Timeline
|January 2, 2016||Revised WPS final rule is effective. Compliance of existing WPS rules is required (Subparts A, B and C of 40 CFR Part 170)|
|January 2, 2017||Compliance is required with MOST of the revised WPS regulations (Subparts D, E, F and G of 40 CFR Part 170)|
|January 2, 2018||
Compliance is required with ALL of the revised WPS requirements (Subparts D, E, F and G of 40 CFR Part 170)
A table summarizing the key provisions in EPA’s current WPS regulation and the 2015 revisions is available at: http://www2.epa.gov/pesticide-worker-safety/worker-protection-standard-wps-comparison-chart.
For more information on the WPS revisions, visit: http://www2.epa.gov/pesticide-worker-safety/revisions-worker-protection-standard.