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Worker Protection Standard (WPS)

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Worker Protection Standard – The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation designed to protect agricultural workers. It contains requirements for protective equipment, restricted-entry times following pesticide applications, safety training, and other elements to prevent poisoning and injury from pesticides. Several county extension offices provide WPS training. If you would like more information concerning training, please contact your local county extension office.

Who may conduct WPS Training?
Individuals who currently hold a valid Private Applicator Certification, or are certified as a Commercial Applicator in categories 1, 3 or 10, or individuals who have completed the EPA approved "Train-The-Trainer" requirements may train handlers and/or workers. NOTE: WPS presentation delivery requirements in MS-Word format

Worker Protection Training Verification Cards - For verification of training or to obtain Worker Protection training verification cards to show that training has occurred. Contact: Jacquetta Bryant - 615-837-5131 -

WPS Web Sites of InterestWPS Forms

WPS Manuals
Respiratory Protection GuideWPS Training and Videos
NOTE: WPS presentation delivery requirements

WPS Posters

Warning Signs for the Field or Greenhouse

EPA approved presentations in MS-PowerPoint format

For more information concerning Commercial Applicators, visit: Commercial Pesticide Applicator

For more information concerning Private Applicators, visit: Private Pesticide Applicator

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    Certification, Recertification and Licensing
    Information on becoming and remaining a certified commerical applicator or licensed pest control operator in the state of Tennessee.


    Pesticide Recordkeeping

    Pesticide Certification Standing

    For more information email Darrell Hensley, PSEP Program Coordinator

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    Contact Information

    PSEP Coordinator
    2505 E. J. Chapman Drive,
    370 Plant Biotech Bldg.
    Knoxville, TN 37996-4560
    Phone: 865.974.1286
    Fax: 865.974.8868

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