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Pesticides; Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Revisions

a.k.a. AG WPS Revisions (Worker Protection Standards)

RIN: 2070-AJ22 (What's this?)

Docket No.: EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0184-0119 (What's this?)

Current Phase: Proposal (What's this?)

In 2014, the EPA proposed to revise the federal regulations issued under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) that direct agricultural worker protection (40 CFR 170).

The proposed changes are in response to extensive stakeholder review of the regulation and its implementation since 1992, and reflect current research on how to mitigate occupational pesticide exposure to agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. The EPA is proposing to strengthen the protections provided to agricultural workers and handlers under the worker protection standard by improving elements of the existing regulation, such as training, notification, communication materials, use of personal protective equipment, and decontamination supplies. The EPA expects the revisions, once final, to prevent unreasonable adverse effects from exposure to pesticides among agricultural workers and pesticide handlers; vulnerable groups, such as minority and low-income populations, child farmworkers, and farmworker families; and the general public. The EPA recognizes the importance and independence of family farms and is proposing to expand the immediate family exemption to the WPS.

NPRM: Sent to OMB for Regulatory Review10/24/2013
NPRM: Received by OMB10/25/2013
NPRM: Regulatory Review Concluded02/20/2014
NPRM: Comment Period Open03/19/2014
NPRM: Published in FR03/19/2014
NPRM: Comment Period Extension Published in FR05/14/2014
NPRM: Comment Period Closed06/17/2014
NPRM: Comment Period Closed with Extension08/18/2014
Final Rule: Sent to OMB for Regulatory Review08/06/2015
Final Rule: Received by OMB08/06/2015
Final Rule: Regulatory Review Concluded09/28/2015
Final Rule: Published in FR10/2015 (projected)

Potential Effects

Children's Health
This rule is likely to address an adverse impact on childhood lifestages, including prenatal (via exposure to women of childbearing age). The potential adverse impacts are expected to be due to exposure (i.e., children and/or women of childbearing age are more likely to be highly exposed than other lifestages).

Environmental Justice
This rulemaking involves a topic that is likely to be of particular interest to or have particular impact upon minority, low-income, tribal, and/or other vulnerable populations because:

  • This topic is likely to impact the health of vulnerable populations.
  • This topic is likely to present an opportunity to address an existing disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations.

Federal Government - other agencies
Likely to be regulated by this rule.
Likely to be involved in the implementation of this rule.

Local Governments
Likely to be regulated by this rule.

Small Entities
EPA notifies the public when a rulemaking is likely to 1) have any adverse economic impact on small entities even though a Regulatory Flexibility Analysis may not be required and/or 2) have significant adverse economic impacts on a substantial number of small entities. The term "small entities" includes small businesses, small governments, and small not-for-profits. (Read a longer explanation on our Small Entities web page.) This rulemaking is likely to impact small entities in the following way(s):
  • Likely to have any adverse economic impact on:
    • small businesses

In addition, small governments are:

  • Likely to be regulated by this rule.

State Governments
Likely to be regulated by this rule.
Likely to be involved in the implementation of this rule.

Tribal Governments
Likely to be regulated by this rule.
Likely to be involved in the implementation of this rule.

Participate / Learn More Regulatory Review

Some of EPA's rulemakings undergo regulatory review (What's this?), as prescribed by Executive Order 12866 and coordinated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The following list describes which of this rulemaking's stages have completed review and published in the Federal Register, if any, and provides links to the review documents where available. Consult the "Timeline" section of this Web page for the dates of each review.

  • Final Rule - This stage of the rulemaking underwent review.
Citations & Authorities

Federal Register Citations

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Citation
40 CFR 170

Legal Authority
7 U.S.C. 136w et seq Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act


This site provides summaries of priority rulemakings and priority retrospective reviews of existing regulations. We update most of the site at the beginning of each month, though some data is updated more frequently if it is time sensitive. The information on this site is not intended to and does not commit EPA to specific conclusions or actions. For example, after further analysis, EPA may decide the effects of a rule would be different or it may decide to terminate a rulemaking.

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