Public comment open for propsed changes to Worker Protection Standards for agriculture workers

Daniel SheehanSome good news out of EPA.  The agency has released for public comment its longtime-in-coming revisions to the Worker Protection Standard for Agriculture Pesticides.  AFOP was invited to participate in a stakeholders’ conference call this week with EPA officials who described the revisions in some detail.  We also received a personal call from EPA Assistant Administrator Jim Jones to thank AFOP for its support during the development of the revisions.  Administrator Jones also addressed the AFOP national conference in September on this important topic.

In light of the revisions document length and density, we will work with EPA to develop a webinar to help AFOP member organizations better understand the material.  In addition, we will provide talking points for member agencies to consider using to write EPA in support of the proposed changes.  Strong positive public comment will be critically important to seeing these changes through to implementation.

To learn more about the proposed changes or feedback period, please visit http://www.epa.gov/oppfead1/safety/workers/proposed/index.html

As always, please let us know if you have any questions.  Would be glad to answer them for you.

Daniel

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