Kimberly Brown | 7/24/2018 3:55:02 PM
**The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) regulation has recently been updated. If you are currently a Certified Commercial or Private Pesticide Applicator and need to add and/or update your Worker Protection Standard Trainer status, you may attend the below meeting. By attending this meeting you will be certified as a Worker Protection Standard Trainer. This is for applicators needing to obtain and update the WPS Trainer certification.
***There is a $25 charge for attending one of these trainings. Please bring a check payable to the LSU AgCenter.
|August 16||Sweet Potato Research Station|
130 Sweet Potato Rd.
Chase, LA 71324
|August 17||LSU AgCenter Rapides Parish Office|
300 Grady Britt Dr.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is aimed at reducing the risk of pesticide poisoning and injury among agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. EPA has made major revisions to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) and the LSU AgCenter has worked to provide an updated WPS Train-the-Trainer program that has been approved by the EPA. In Louisiana those employers that want to train their own workers and handlers must be a certified applicator and go through the new WPS Train-the-Trainer program with the LSU AgCenter. All workers and handlers must now be trained on an annual basis. If you went through a WPS Train-the-Trainer program prior to November of 2016 then you will have to attend a new WPS Train-the-Trainer program. Once you have completed that program WPS Trainer will go back on your pesticide license and you will then be able to go to your normal recertification meeting to have that category recertified.
As part of the revised rule there are a few things that need to be pointed out.
The How to Comply Manual is a great reference guide and can be ordered at npsecstore.com.
To get more information about the WPS revised rule you will need to refer to the final rule at https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-worker-safety/agricultural-worker-protection-standard-wps
Where to get updated information: