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This NebGuide describes the Worker Protection Standard, helps you determine if you are covered or exempt from it, and provides information on how to comply.

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) to protect employees on farms and in forests, nurseries, and greenhouses from exposure to agricultural pesticides (general or restricted use). The standard covers workers in areas treated with pesticides and employees who handle pesticides in the production of agricultural plants or commodities. It requires employers to protect two types of agricultural employees: agricultural workers and pesticide handlers (see definitions). The standard is considered to be part of the pesticide label and is enforceable when a WPS-labeled pesticide is used to produce an agricultural plant or commodity.