Worker Protection Standard

​​​​​​​The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection enforces the federal ​Worker Protection Standard (WPS) in Wisconsin. The WPS is a regulation issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency intended to use information, training and practices to reduce the risk of pesticide exposure for pesticide handlers and other workers producing crops:

  • On farms​​​
  • In forests
  • In nurseries
  • In greenhouses

Workers and handlers include employees, self-employed contractors and, in some cases, owners. 

Changes to WPS

Recent changes already in effect

Compare old/new provisions

Proposed additional changes: EPA is proposing changes to the application exclusion zone (AEZ) requirements within the Worker Protection Standard. EPA has not yet released the proposed rule for public comment. DATCP will announce when the comment period opens, possibly in autumn 2019.​


Programs​​ to become a qualified trainer

Training materials and videos for workers, handlers and trainers

Training record form

Safety posters 

Requirements for posting WPS information

Posters for downloading and printing on 11 x 17 paper, with Wisconsin contact information

Order larger or laminated posters (no Wisconsin contact information)

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