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Updates for EPA Worker Protection Standard for Greenhouse Growers

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Event date/time: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Event location: 
Cavicchio Greenhouses

Registration begins at 1:15

$25 per person,

Please preregister so we can properly plan for the number attending. As of today, (Mon. Feb 27), please preregister by doing one of the following:

Details and Registration: WPS PROGRAM and REGISTRATION FORM

Join us at Cavicchio Greenhouses, where Laurie Rocco, Massachusetts Dept. of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) will walk us through the revisions for WPS.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revised the 1992 Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) regulation.

The WPS are designed to reduce pesticide poisoning and injuries among agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. WPS contains requirements for training, decontamination, notification, and emergency assistance. It also contains specific information about personal protective equipment and Re-entry intervals (REIs).

All horticultural employers who use pesticides (including organic pesticides) and who have one or more employees must comply with all of the provisions of the WPS. Owners of agricultural establishments and members of their immediate family are exempt from some WPS requirements. However, they must observe the appropriate REIs and must use the proper personal protective equipment listed on the pesticide label.
The majority of the rule revisions were effective on January 2, 2017.

2 Pesticide Credits
New pesticide credit rules: Sign-in required at registration for pesticide credit, photo ID required at sign in.

Sponsored by: University of Massachusetts Extension Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture Program and
Massachusetts Flower Growers Association.

Contact's name: 
Tina Smith
Contact's phone: 
413-545-5306
Contact's email: 
Location: 
110 Codjer Lane
Sudbury, MA 01776
110 Codjer Lane Sudbury MA