New Worker Protection Standard Regulations Coming Your Way

If you were unable to attend the WPS meetings held on October 25 at CLEREL or on October 26 at the Niagara County CCE office in Lockport, you should take some time to review the documents that provide the information you need to become, or remain, compliant with WPS in your vineyard operation.

A great resource can be found at:

https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-worker-safety/revisions-worker-protection-standard

The EPA has produced this webpage to provide you with information, and links to more information, that is critical for you to have to ensure that you are compliant under the new WPS regulations. The web page provides you access to:

  • What are the major changes for farmers and farmworkers?

  • What will these changes achieve?

  • What types of activities are covered?

  • When will these changes take place?

  • Videos on the WPS revision?

If you are just looking for what is new, this web page provides a link to a Comparison Chart of the current WPS and the new revisions under the Summary and Overview Materials on the Revised WPS section further down on the page. A copy of that information can be found following this article.

If you don’t use a computer, or just want someone to tell you what is going on and answer your questions, you are in luck. Sign up for the 2017 LERGP Growers Conference on March 15 at Fredonia State University. Mike Nierenberg, Pesticide Control Specialist II with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation will be on hand to discuss WPS revisions. In addition, James Carrabba, Agricultural Safety Specialist, will be at the conference to provide information on the new WPS regulations concerning respirator fit testing.

We expect seating to be limited and encourage you to sign up for the LERGP Growers Conference early to assure your seat. On-line registration can be completed on our website at: https://lergp.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=281 or give Kate a call at (716) 792-2800.