Worker Protection Standard: Respirators
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Worker Protection Standard

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Fishel, Frederick M. 2017. “Worker Protection Standard: Respirators: PI272, 4/2020”. EDIS 2017 (3). Gainesville, FL.


In 1992, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a comprehensive regulation called the Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides (WPS). The WPS covers pesticides used in the outdoor and enclosed space production of plants on farms, forests, and nurseries, as well as greenhouses. The WPS requires agricultural employers to take steps to reduce pesticide-related risks when agricultural workers and pesticide handlers are exposed to these pesticides. The EPA has made several changes to the WPS since it was fully implemented in 1995. On November 2, 2015, the EPA revised the WPS, making significant changes to the rule’s requirements. Most of the revised provisions will become effective January 2, 2017; there are four provisions that are delayed until January 2, 2018. In late 2016, the EPA released the revised “How to Comply Manual” to provide an updated resource. The entire document is posted on their website at This document will address the use of respirators under the revised WPS.
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Fishel, Frederick M. 2017. Quick Reference Guide to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) as Revised in 2015. PI270. Gainesville: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

US EPA. 2016. How to Comply with the 2015 Revised Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides: What Owners and Employers Need to Know. EPA 735-B-16-001. United States Environmental Protection Agency.

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