Worker Protection Standard Train-the-Trainer Programs

Kimberly Brown  |  7/24/2018 3:55:02 PM

*Tentative schedule

**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.


2018


DateLocationSponsor
August 16Sweet Potato Research Station
130 Sweet Potato Rd.
Chase, LA 71324
LSU AgCenter
Justin Dufour
jdufour@agcenter.lsu.edu
August 17LSU AgCenter Rapides Parish Office
300 Grady Britt Dr.
Alexandria, LA
LSU AgCenter
Kim Brown
kbrown@agcenter.lsu.edu

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.

  • Workers and Handlers must be trained every 12 months
  • WPS Trainers must go through the new EPA approved Train-the-Trainer Program (See information above)
  • Workers and Handlers must be trained by using EPA approved training materials
  • No longer using the card system for records of training. You must maintain the following information:
    • Trained worker’s printed name and signature
    • Date of the training
    • Information identifying which EPA-approved training materials were used
    • The trainer’s name and qualification to train
    • The worker or handler employer’s name
      • The LSU AgCenter has created a form that you are welcome to use. Please email kpope@agcenter.lsu.edu to request the training verification form for WPS.
  • Must retain records of training of workers and handlers for two years.
  • Maintain the following information at a Central Location
  • When using a pesticide that requires a respirator, employers must:
    • Have an employee medically evaluated by a physician or other licensed health care professional
    • Have employee go through an annual fit0test for each type of respirator required by the pesticide product label
    • Have the employee participate in annual training on how to properly use the respirator(s)
    • Maintain records for two years of the completion of the above requirements

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

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