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THE WORKER PROTECTION STANDARD. Pesticide Emphasis Program Oregon OSHA. WORKER PROTECTION STANDARD. An EPA standard (circa 1994) enforced by Oregon OSHA Covers all pesticides with an Ag Use Box

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The worker protection standard

THEWORKER PROTECTION STANDARD

Pesticide Emphasis Program

Oregon OSHA


Worker protection standard

WORKER PROTECTION STANDARD

  • An EPA standard (circa 1994) enforced by Oregon OSHA

  • Covers all pesticides with an Ag Use Box

  • Covers Handlers (applicators, mixer/loaders, propagators, mechanics, or anyone assisting in the application); Workers (hand labor tasks); and Early Entry Workers.


Find this statement on the label

Find this statement on the label:


When does the wps apply

When does the WPS Apply?

  • When workers are at your farm, forest, nursery or greenhouses, AND

  • Pesticides have been used in the previous 30 days PLUS the Restricted Entry Interval (REI).


Central posting area elements

Central Posting Area Elements

1

# 1 Most Frequently

Violated

Pesticide Safety Poster

2

Pesticide Application Record

3

Name, address &

phone of nearest

hospital


Posting confusions

Posting Confusions

vs

Central

Posting

Field


Frequently encountered cpa issues

Frequently EncounteredCPA Issues

  • Pesticide application information kept in file in the employer’s office.

  • Rooting hormones not included.

  • Herbicides not included

  • Non-RUPs not included

  • Applications made by commercial applicators not included.

  • Application record not maintained.


Application notification

Application Notification

  • Options:

  • Post the field

  • Orally notify

  • Post and Orally notify

  • Which method??

  • Follow the label

    • If it doesn’t specify

    • Pick one method and tell your employees


Application notification1

Application Notification

  • ALL greenhouse applications MUST be posted.


Application information information exchange who needs to know

Application Information/Information ExchangeWho needs to know??

  • Your employees

  • Commercial applicators arriving onsite

  • Labor contractors

  • The GOAL is to: Prevent exposure!


Pesticide safety training

Pesticide Safety Training

  • Who is a handler?

    • Anyone who mixes, loads, or applies pesticides, or works on spray equipment

    • Includes dipping cuttings for propagation

      Who is a worker?

    • Performs activities related to the production of agricultural plants (includes forestry)


Pesticide safety training1

Pesticide Safety Training

Handlers

Workers


Pesticide safety training early entry workers

Pesticide Safety TrainingEarly Entry Workers

  • The agricultural employer shall assure that the worker, before entering the treated area, either has read the product labeling or has been informed, in a manner that the worker can understand, of all the labeling requirements related to human hazards or precautions, first aid, symptoms of poisoning, ppe specified for early entry and any other labeling requirements related to safe use.


Early entry requirements

Early Entry Requirements

  • Decontamination

  • Personal protective equipment

  • Cleaning of personal protective equipment

  • Label information


Field decontamination

Field Decontamination

WORKERS + *HANDLERS

Within ¼ mile of worksite

  • Soap

  • Water

  • Paper towels

  • Eye flush bottle (where label use requires protective eyewear)

  • *HANDLERS: Extra coveralls


Handler decontamination

Handler Decontamination

  • AT THE MIX SITE

  • Soap

  • Water

  • Paper towels

  • Extra coveralls

  • *Emergency eyewash if using DANGER: Poison or DANGER: Corrosive.

    *(Division 4 requirement)


Decontamination violations fy 2008

Decontamination ViolationsFY 2008

Emergency Eyewash (15 minute capacity)

NOT at the mix site when using pesticides capable of producing irreversible eye damage

Cited: 23 times


Emergency assistance

Emergency Assistance

  • If an employee is SUSPECTED of having a pesticide related illness PROVIDE transportation to a medical facility and provide the pesticide label(s) also.

  • Known or suspected pesticide poisoning is a reportable condition.


Restrictions during applications

RESTRICTIONS DURING APPLICATIONS


Contact with workers and other persons

Contact with Workers and Other Persons

  • The employer shall assure that no pesticide is applied so as to contact, either directly or through drift, any worker or other person, other than an appropriately trained and equipped handler.


Handlers handling highly toxic pesticides

Handlers handling highly toxic pesticides

  • If the label has this:

  • Monitor the handler visually or by voice communication AT LEAST every 2 hours.


Fumigant applications in greenhouses

Fumigant Applications in Greenhouses

  • Handlers applying fumigants in a greenhouse must maintain continuous visual or voice contact with another handler.

  • The other handler has immediate access to the ppe required by the label for rescue.


Heat stress

Heat Stress

  • Caused by heat, NOT pesticide exposure

  • Wearing PPE increases risk

  • Symptoms (similar):

    • Fatigue, dizziness, altered behavior

    • Clammy skin or hot-dry skin

    • Headache, nausea, chills

    • Severe thirst

    • Heavy sweating or lack of sweating


Knowledge of labeling and site specific information

Knowledge of Labeling and Site-Specific Information

  • The employer SHALL ASSURE that before the handler performs any handling activity that the handler has EITHER read the product labeling or has been informed in a manner the handler can understand of all the labeling requirements related to safe use of the pesticide.


Knowledge of labeling and site specific information1

Knowledge of Labeling and Site-Specific Information

  • Labeling requirements for safe use include:

    • Signal words

    • Human Hazard precautions

    • PPE

    • First Aid instructions

    • Environmental precautions

    • Any others listed on label


Knowledge of labeling information

Knowledge of Labeling Information

  • The handler employer shall assure that the handler has access to the product labeling information during handling activities


Safe operation of equipment

Safe Operation of Equipment

Remove pesticide residues before allowing any

person to repair, clean or adjust equipment.


Safe operation of equipment1

Safe Operation of Equipment

  • Inspect equipment before use to check for leaks, clogging, worn or damaged parts and ensure that any damaged equipment is replaced or repaired.


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