NEW WPS SAFETY TRAINING VERIFICATION CARDS MADE AVAILABLE TO STATES

News Date: 01/24/2008

       As part of cooperative agreement, the NASDA Research Foundation (NASDARF) worked closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Pesticide Programs (EPA/OPP) to develop new Worker Protection Standard (WPS) training verification cards. The cards are intended for distribution to approved training providers by those State Departments of Agriculture voluntarily participating in the card issuance program. The new cards were developed after their need was made clear to the NASDARF by state departments of agriculture involved with the verification card program. 

       The card itself acknowledges successful completion of required WPS pesticide safety training. As outlined in 40 CFR Part 170, agricultural employers are required by the WPS to provide pesticide safety training to workers and handlers on farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses. The new version of the WPS training verification cards are modeled on the original cards in an effort to minimize confusion, promote acceptance, and ease transition in the field. The cards are made durable by lamination, and are wallet-size for convenience.   Blue cards will be provided for issuance to workers, and green cards will be used to verify WPS handler training.     

       With the assistance of EPA/OPP, the NASDARF was also able to determine current as well as the 3-year projected state demand for the cards, and has made an appropriate supply available. EPA/OPP has recognized the new version of verification cards as equivalent to the originally issued cards, which will facilitate their acceptance by the state departments of agriculture with whom EPA/OPP has existing verification card program agreements.   (Contact: Dick Herrett)