By Ana Kennedy Otto, Arizona Farm Bureau Government Relations Manager: Late last year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized revisions to the Worker Protection Standards (WPS) regulations, which govern training and activities related to regulated pesticides. The rule revision process began in March of 2014 when the EPA first released proposed changes to the WPS.
Many organizations like the Arizona Farm Bureau and American Farm Bureau, as well as individual growers, filed comments addressing concerns about the proposal in August of 2014. Although some elements of the proposal were revised to address industry concerns, many were not.
Compliance with most of the new WPS components
To understand some of the new requirements and see the breakout, Arizona Farm Bureau has posted a table for your to review.