EPA Approval of WPS Training Resources
As of January 2, 2017, the Revised Worker Protection Standard (WPS) regulations require that only EPA-approved training materials be used for WPS-required training. This includes all training materials used for pesticide safety training of Workers or Handlers; as well as the training materials used to train Trainers of Handlers and/or Workers.
All EPA-issued training materials are EPA-approved*. WPS training materials that are developed and issued by EPA will bear the official EPA logo and have an EPA publication number. For example, if you used the “Protect Yourself from Pesticides” training material for workers for your 2017 training, you would record the EPA approval number EPA 735-B-06-001.
However, WPS pesticide safety training materials that have been developed by organization other than EPA (including States) must be reviewed and approved by EPA. These materials should bear an EPA approval number and a statement indicating the materials have been approved by EPA to meet the requirements of the WPS for worker or handler training materials.
Additionally, the revised federal WPS regulations require that agricultural employers keep and retain training records that include the EPA approval number of the training materials used, using the EPA publication number or approval number. The requirement to record the EPA approval number of WPS training materials is decidedly more stringent than the current New Jersey Worker Pesticide Safety Training regulations at NJAC 7:30 12.8 (q) and (r), and Pesticide Safety Training for Handlers at NJAC 7:30-12.16.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing resources to agricultural employers and handler employers to assist with compliance with the Revised WPS in conjunction with the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC). The PERC website serves as a repository of EPA-approved training resources.
PERC will use email distribution lists to keep interested parties informed about new publications. PERC has developed lists for several target groups, including “Agricultural Employers and Handler Employers” to distribute notices relevant to agricultural employers and commercial pesticide handler employers, as defined by the WPS. See http://pesticideresources.org//lists.html to enroll in the PERC email list(s) of your choice.
Rutgers “Quick- Connect” EPA-approved WPS Training Resources
At any time you are welcome to become acquainted with the many resources of PERC. It has a large repository of EPA-approved resources, as well as items that have not been approved. The difference may not to self-evident to those not accustomed to PERC’s program and website structure. Thus, we are providing below a “quick-connect” selection of some of PERC’s EPA-approved training videos and other materials for you.
The first section provides NEW resources that contain the expanded training content required to be included as of January 2, 2018. You can start using these immediately; and we highly recommend that you do!
The subsequent sections of EPA-approved training resources for handlers and workers meet the training requirements of the 1992 WPS (as amended); these materials do NOT contain the expanded content required by the 2015 Revised WPS; and they should not be used after January 1, 2018. Rutgers will remove them from this webpage at that time. Although we do not know if they will still be available at the PERC website, we do know that these are freely available (websites, YouTube, vendors). We caution you to check which resources you use. If you use 1992 WPS materials after January 1, 2018, you run the risk of the training being invalid.
Note that these resources are further identified by audience (workers or handlers or both). Resources that EPA has approved for the training of handlers may also be used for the training of workers.
“Quick-Connect”: EPA-approved Worker Training Videos** (NEW!)
Video (English) – Pesticide Safety For Agricultural Workers (YouTube). Video for training agricultural workers about pesticides and the Revised Worker Protection Standard (WPS). This video satisfies the pesticide safety training requirement for workers under the revised WPS effective January 1, 2016, and are approved indefinitely. EPA Approval # “EPA Worker PST 00001”. Length: 18 minutes 28 seconds.
Video (Spanish)- Seguridad Con Pesticidas Para Trabajadores Agricolas (YouTube). Pesticide Safety for Agricultural Workers (Spanish). Aprobado por la EPA (número de aprobación “EPA Trabajador PST 00001”) video de capacitación para el entrenamiento de trabajadores agrícolas sobre pesticidas y la Norma de Protección del Trabajador (WPS). Video for training agricultural workers about pesticides and the Revised Worker Protection Standard (WPS). This video satisfies the pesticide safety training requirement for workers under the revised WPS effective January 1, 2016, and approved indefinitely. EPA Approval # “EPA Worker PST 00001”. Length: 18 minutes 28 seconds.
“Quick-Connect”: EPA-approved Handler Training Materials (for use through January 1, 2018)
The training resources listed below were developed for meeting the training requirements of the 1992 Worker Protection Standard (as amended). If you already have these on videotapes or CDs, you may use them; but only until January 1, 2018.
Video – Pesticide Handlers and the Worker Protection Standard (YouTube). Michigan State University Extension. June 1994. EPA has approved this video for training handlers on pesticide safety in accordance with the 1992 WPS training content until January 1, 2018. PERC has provided specific directions for its use at http://pesticideresources.org/wps/temp1.html. The approval number is EPA Handler PST 00010. Length: 50 minutes 25 seconds.
Booklet (Spanish) – Protect Yourself from Pesticides, Guide for Pesticide Handlers (PDF). (Protect Yourself from Pesticides, Guide for Pesticide Handlers). USEPA. Revised June 2006. This EPA booklet may be used for training handlers on pesticide safety in accordance with the 1992 WPS training content until January 1, 2018. EPA approval number for handlers: EPA 735-B-06-004.
“Quick-Connect”: EPA-approved Worker Training Materials (for use through January 1, 2018)
The training resources listed below were developed for use in training in compliance with the 1992 Worker Protection Standard (as amended). If you already have these on videotapes or CDs, you may use them; but only until January 1, 2018. We urge you to use the NEW Worker videos above which are EPA-approved and contain the expanded content.
Video (English/Spanish ) – “Chasing the Sun/Siguiendo el Sol” (YouTube). EPA Protect Yourself from Pesticides/Protéjase de los Pesticidas Video para los Trabajadores Agrícolas. The National Migrant Resource Program, Inc. Length: 36 minutes 12 seconds. EPA approval number for worker training: EPA 735-V-96-002.
Booklet (Spanish and English) – Protect Yourself from Pesticides, Guide for Agricultural Workers (PDF). June 2006. This EPA booklet may be used for training workers on pesticide safety in accordance with the 1992 WPS training content until January 1, 2018. EPA approval number for worker training: EPA 735-B-06-001.
Note: Interim guidance for the public for instances where the two rules differ is pending from NJDEP; check their Worker Protection website for more details on this. For specific questions or concerns about NJDEP’s implementation of the revised WPS, please contact Nancy Santiago at 609-984-6568 or email Nancy at: email@example.com.