The Environmental Protection Agency has published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to revise the worker protection standard rule governing handling and application of pesticides. EPA announced last month that it would formally propose the rule. Proposed revisions to the WPS rule have been extensively discussed for years among EPA and outside stakeholders, including farmers, ranchers, worker advocates and others. The principal changes EPA is proposing include shortening the grace period during which pesticide applicators must be trained; expanded training requirements; expanded record-keeping requirements; age restrictions on certain duties; changes to the ‘immediate family’ exemption; and more frequent training requirements.
AFBF will be submitting comments on the rule (current deadline is June 17).