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Worker Protection


Training workers and handlers, and the agricultural employers who hire them, is the foundation of the WPS program. For questions or to order any of the materials referenced below, call (609) 984-6568.

Specific WPS requirements for New Jersey are described in Subchapter 12 of the NJ Pesticide Control Regulations.

For more information on how to comply, visit the EPA's Worker Protection Standard site.

Trainer Information

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 in another jurisdiction recognized by New Jersey; or have completed an approved train-the-trainer program.

The Application 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, or in order to receive WPS cards that are issued to employees after they have been trained. The WPS Unit can also provide worker or handler cards and 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:

Inspection of Agricultural Establishments

Agricultural establishments are routinely inspected for WPS compliance. In order to give you a summary of the topics covered on a typical WPS inspection, keep a copy of the WPS Inspection Summary Sheet for reference.


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 a copy.

Protect 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:

Acetanilides

Dithiocarbamates
Captan Organophosphates
Carbamates Synthetic Pyrethroids
Chlorothalonil Triazines

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.

 

 
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