Worker Protection Standard Rulemaking

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued new requirements for agricultural employers and handler employers in the Worker Protection Standard, 40 CFR Part 170. EPA standards are designed to reduce the risks of illness or injury resulting from workers' and handlers' occupational exposures to pesticides used in the production of agricultural plants on farms or in nurseries, greenhouses, and forests and also from the accidental exposure of workers and other persons to such pesticides. It requires workplace practices designed to reduce or eliminate exposure to pesticides and establishes procedures for responding to exposure-related emergencies.

The mandated changes require DOSH to update Chapter 296-307 WAC Safety Standards for Agriculture. DOSH has been collaborating with the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) on this rulemaking.

Details of specific proposed amendments were published in Washington State Register 19-13-082 on July 3, 2019.  The tentative adoption date for these rules is October 22, 2018, and the tentative effective date is February 2, 2020. 

Copies of the proposed rule changes are available upon request by calling toll free at 1-800-423-7233 or (360) 902-4233; or by written request to the Department of Labor and Industries, Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Standards Section, Post Office Box 44620, Olympia, Washington 98504-4620.  Copies of the proposed rules will also be available at the public hearing.

More information and resources

Public Hearings

Date/Time Location

August 20, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Department of Labor & Industries
7273 Linderson Way SW Tumwater, WA 98501

August 21, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Department of Labor & Industries
525 E. College Way Suite H, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

August 22, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Department of Labor & Industries
3001 W. Broadway Ave. Moses Lake, WA 98837

August 23, 2019  - 9:00 AM

Department of Labor & Industries
15 W Yakima Ave. Suite 100 Yakima, WA 98902

Previous meeting reports

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