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EPA TO HOLD WORKSHOP ON NATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF THE WORKER PROTECTION PROGRAM
Release Date: 05/11/2000
FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2000
EPA TO HOLD WORKSHOP ON NATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF
THE WORKER PROTECTION PROGRAM
EPA will hold a workshop on the National Assessment of the Worker Protection Program in Austin, Texas, at the Capitol Marriott June 6-7. The purpose of this workshop is to initiate the Agency’s national assessment of the worker protection program, which has been in full implementation for five years, to determine the effectiveness of its provisions and the national program’s future direction. EPA's Worker Protection Standard is a regulation aimed at reducing the risk of pesticide poisonings and injuries among agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. It contains requirements for pesticide safety training, notification of pesticide applications, use of personal protective equipment, restricted entry intervals following pesticide application, decontamination supplies and emergency medical assistance. The workshop is the first in a series of meetings and workshops that will focus on the nation’s worker protection program. This assessment presents an opportunity for program stakeholders to examine the EPA, state, agricultural employer and agricultural worker perspectives on numerous aspects of the regulation. Further information about the meeting and its agenda can be accessed at: https://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-PEST/2000/April/Day-28/.