The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced several revisions to rules governing pesticide use on farms to better protect farmworkers on Monday, September 28, 2015. The revised rules are designed to modernize safeguards for agricultural laborers and make them comparable to safeguards that protect employees in other industries. Some of the biggest changes include the following:
prohibiting children from handling pesticides;
requiring workers to be at least 18 years old to mix, load or apply the chemicals on fields; and
require mandatory pesticide training for farmworkers each year instead of every five years.
There are an estimated two million U.S. and migrant farmworkers, and the EPA reports between 1,800 and 3,000 incidents involving pesticide exposure each year. The current worker-protection standards have not been revised since they were introduced in 1992.
The EPA stated that the revisions will be published in the Federal Register within the next 60 days.
To view an article from The Wall Street Journal, click here.
To view more information on the revisions from the EPA, click here