Worker Protection Standard (WPS)

The "Worker Protection Standard"(WPS) is a federal regulation issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and enforced, in Iowa, by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS). The WPS applies whenever a pesticide is used in the production of agricultural plants that has an “Agricultural Use Requirements” section on the product label. The rule protects primarily workers (people employed to perform work activities related to the production of agricultural plants) and pesticide handlers (people employed to mix, load, or apply pesticides for use on agricultural establishments in the production of agricultural plants).PERC Logo

The Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC) website offers WPS compliance manuals and assistance, English and Spanish training materials, Train-the-Trainer courses, videos, presentations, and fact sheets.