Iowa State University's Pest Management and the Environment Education Program and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship have developed a series of Worker Protection Standard self-inspection checklists. The checklists are helpful to assist agricultural employers, pesticide dealers and farmers to ensure they are complying with the federal WPS. Funding was provided by IDALS and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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.
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 Employers 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.
NOTE: This information is provided by Betsy Buffington and Kristine Schaefer, program specialists in ISU's Pesticide Management and the Environment program. If you have questions, Buffington can be reached at 515-294-7293 or [email protected]. Schaefer can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at (515) 294-4286.