United States
Environmental Protection
Office of Enforcement
& Compliance Assurance
Washington, DC 20460
EPA 305-F-98-023
September 1998
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                                                                     Ag  Center
                                                                             Helping Agriculture Comply with
                                                                             Environmental Requirements
               FOCUS   ON
                        Equipment  Safety
                        The Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a regulation issued by the U.S.
                        Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 and amended in 1995. It covers pesticides that are
                        used in the production of agricultural plants on farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses. The
                        WPS requires you to take steps to reduce the risk of pesticide-related illness and injury if you (1)
                        use such pesticides, or (2) employ workers or
                                      pesticide handlers who are exposed to such
                        This fact sheet will help you understand how
                        people from pesticide exposure caused by faul

                        Equipment inspection
                        You must make sure that equipment
                        used for mixing, loading, transferring, or
                        applying pesticides (pesticide handling
                        equipment) is inspected and repaired.
                        You must inspect pesticide handling
                        equipment before each day of use for
                        leaks, clogging, and worn or damaged
                        parts. You must repair or replace any
                        damaged equipment.
                                      o comply with WPS requirements for protecting
                                        or contaminated equipment.

                                            Protecting persons who
                                            maintain equipment
                                            You must make sure that persons
                                            repairing, cleaning, or adjusting pesticide
                                            handling equipment are protected or
                                            informed. You must remove pesticide
                                            residues from pesticide handling
                                            equipment before anyone other than an
                                            appropriately trained and equipped
                                            handler is allowed to repair, clean, or
                                            adjust it.

                                            EXCEPTION: If it is not feasible to
                                            remove pesticide residues from pesticide
                                            handling equipment, AND the people
                                            who will be repairing, cleaning, or
                                            adjusting the equipment are not your

      What if removing
      the pesticide
      residues is not
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employees (and, therefore, are not
handlers for whom you are responsible
under the WPS), you must inform them:

    that the equipment may be
    contaminated with pesticides,
    of the potentially harmful effects of
    exposure to pesticides, and
    how to correctly handle such

The example below is all the information
you need to provide to persons who are
not your employees and are not trained
as pesticide handlers. Although the
WPS does not require you to provide
this information in written form, you
may find that using photocopies of this
sheet is a convenient way to make sure
you convey all the necessary
For more information
You can get more facts about
compliance by calling the Ag Center's
toll-free number. Materials can be sent
to you by fax or mail, or you can talk to
an Ag Center representative. For a list
of all publications available from the Ag
Center, request document number
10001, "Ag Center Publications."
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           Protection Agency
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                              Information for Persons Working on Pesticide Equipment

1.   The equipment you will be cleaning, adjusting, or repairing may have pesticides on it.  Although you may not be able to see or
    smell the pesticides, they can rub off on you when you touch the equipment.
2.   If pesticides get on you, they can hurt you. They can:
       cause skin rashes or burns,
       go through your skin and into your body and make you ill,
       burn your eyes,
       make you ill if you get them in your mouth.
3.   You should wear work clothing that protects your body from pesticide residues, such as long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes, and
    socks. If possible, avoid touching the parts of the equipment where the pesticide is most likely to be. Or, if practical for the job
    that you will be doing, consider wearing rubber or plastic gloves and an apron.
4.   You should not let pesticides stay on your hands:
       Wash your hands as soon as you finish handling the equipment.
       Wash your hands before eating, drinking, chewing gum, using tobacco, or using the toilet.
       Wash or shower with soap and water, shampoo your hair, and put on clean clothes after work.
       Wash work clothes that may have pesticides on them separately from other clothes before wearing them again.
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