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2016 Florida Citrus Pest Management Guide: Ch. 7 Worker Protection Standards1

M.E. Rogers2

The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) for Agricultural Pesticides is designed to protect agricultural workers and pesticide handlers from exposure to pesticides. Both general use and restricted-use pesticides are covered. You will know that the product is covered by the WPS if you see the following statement in the Directions for Use Section of the pesticide label:

Agricultural Use Requirements

Use this product only in accordance with its labeling and with the Worker Protection Standard, 40 CFR Part 170. This standard contains requirements for the protection of agricultural workers on farms, forest, nurseries, and greenhouses, and handlers of agricultural pesticides. It contains requirements for training, decontamination, notification, and emergency assistance. It also contains specific instructions and exceptions pertaining to the statements on the label about personal protective equipment, notification of workers, and restricted-entry intervals (REI).

If you are using a pesticide product with labeling that refers to the WPS, you must comply with the WPS to avoid violation of Federal Law. (See Tables 4–7 in Fact Sheet ENY-601, Pesticides Registered for Use on Florida Citrus, for additional information.)

Agricultural employers should obtain a copy of the EPA publication, "The Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides—How to Comply" for a detailed explanation of the standard and how to comply with its requirements. It may be obtained from the IFAS Pesticide Information Office at the University of Florida, Gainesville, 352-392-4721.

We also suggest the IFAS EDIS publication, "Florida Ag Worker Safety Act" ( for additional information.



This document is CPMG-07, one of a series of the Entomology and Nematology Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date September 1999. Revised September 2013 and April 2016. This publication is included in SP-43, 2016 Florida Citrus Pest Management Guide. Visit the EDIS website at For a copy of this handbook, request informaiton on its purchase at your county Extension office.


M.E. Rogers, associate professor, Entomology and Nematology Department, Citrus REC, Lake Alfred, Florida; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county's UF/IFAS Extension office.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.