Who is protected by the Worker Protection Standards?
The WPS protects employees on farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses from occupational exposure to agricultural pesticides and covers two types of employees:
Pesticide handlers - those who:
- mix, load or apply agricultural pesticides;
- clean or repair pesticide application equipment; or
- assist with the application of pesticides.
Agricultural workers - those who perform tasks related to growing and harvesting plants on farms or in greenhouses, nurseries or forests.
Workers include anyone employed for any type of compensation (including self-employed) doing tasks such as:
- carrying nursery stock;
- repotting plants;
- watering; or
- other tasks directly related to the production of agricultural plants on an agricultural establishment.
Workers do NOT include employees such as:
- office employees;
- truck drivers;
- mechanic; and
- any other workers not engaged in worker/handler activities.
Some requirements apply to anyone doing certain tasks, such as handling pesticide application equipment or cleaning or laundering pesticide-contaminated personal protective equipment.