Specific WPS requirements for New Jersey are
described in Subchapter
12 of the NJ Pesticide Control Regulations.
|November 7, 2015
Revised Federal WPS final rule is adopted and published in the Federal Register.
January 2, 2016
Revised Federal WPS final rule is effective. Compliance with existing NJDEP requirements is required.
January 2, 2017
Compliance is required with MOST of the revised Federal WPS regulation, except those that take effect in 2018 and where NJDEP requirements are more stringent.
January 2, 2018
|Compliance is required with ALL of the revised Federal WPS requirements, except where NJDEP requirements are more stringent.
- Including new content on pesticide safety information display
- Covering new content in worker and handler training
- Suspension ofapplications by handlers if anyone is in the application exclusion zone
Please note in situations where the NJDEP requirement is more stringent than the Federal Worker Protection Standard, regulated individuals must comply with that requirement. Otherwise, the Federal requirement is the standard for compliance.
For specific questions or concerns, please contact Nancy Santiago at 609-984-6568 or email Nancy at: firstname.lastname@example.org
EPA Helpful Links to the 2015 WPS Revisions
EPA Revisions to Worker Protection Standard: www.epa.gov/pesticide-worker-safety/revisions-worker-protection-standard
EPA Quick Reference Guide to The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) As Revised in 2015: http://pesticideresources.org/wps/hosted/quickrefguide.pdf
EPA Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Comparison Chart of the New Protections to the Existing Protections October 2015: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-09/documents/comparison-chart-wps.pdf
EPA Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Comparison Chart of the New Protections to the Existing Protections October 2015 (en Español): https://espanol.epa.gov/sites/production-es/files/2016-01/documents/wps_comparison_chart-revised_spanish_012616.pdf
EPA Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Train the Trainer Guidance:https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-07/documents/wps-train-the-trainer-programs-criteria-and-process.pdf
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Before training workers or handlers, you
must first be recognized as a trainer. To qualify for trainer
recognition, you must meet one of the following criteria:
be a licensed pesticide applicator; be currently qualified
as a trainer by the EPA in another jurisdiction recognized by New Jersey;
or have completed an approved train-the-trainer program.
for Worker Protection Trainer Recognition/Agreement must be filled out, signed, and returned to this office in
order for you to receive a trainer certificate. This must
be done prior to conducting training in New Jersey.. The WPS Unit can also provide information for ordering training materials
and supplies upon request.
Training rosters, which must be completed
with information from training sessions, and submitted to
this office, can be downloaded here:
WPS Educational Pamphlets and Fact Sheets
Regulations require agricultural employers
to distribute educational pamphlets to their workers and handlers
as part of new employee orientation and as part of the annual
"refresher" training if the employee no longer has
Yourself from Pesticides (English version)
Regulations also require agricultural employers
to keep pesticide Fact Sheets on file, and provide them to
workers and handlers upon request. The following Fact Sheets
(English version) can be downloaded and kept on file for distribution:
These materials are being distributed during inspections,
at training sessions, and by calling the WPS Unit. Some of these
materials are available in the following languages: Spanish,
Chinese, Italian, Korean, Laotian, Vietnamese, Cambodian,
Haitian, and Tagalog. These other languages will be available
for downloading at this site in the future. In the meantime,
to request any or all of these, call the PCP at (609) 984-6568,
and indicate the number of copies you wish to receive.