The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is responsible for the implementation and compliance monitoring of the federal Worker Protection Standard in Minnesota.
The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a regulation issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It covers pesticides that are used in the production of agricultural plants on farms, forest, nurseries and greenhouses. The WPS requires the employer to take steps to reduce the risk of employee exposure to pesticides.
If you are an agricultural pesticide user and/or employer of agricultural workers or pesticide handlers, the WPS requires you to provide to your employees:
Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship offer an on-line WPS Train-the-Trainer course that provides agricultural employers with information that meets the WPS training requirement for agricultural workers on farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses.
Upon completion of the course, agricultural employers are qualified by the Pesticide Bureau of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to conduct WPS pesticide safety training for workers. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) accepts this training course as meeting the WPS Train-the-Trainer course requirement for Minnesota.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will notify the MDA of Minnesota residents that have successfully completed the course. Upon notification, the MDA will send participants a Certificate of Completion. The certificate is valid for five (5) years from the date of training.
The on-line course, along with additional WPS resources, can be accessed at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach website
The MDA encourages participation in the on-line course as MDA no longer offers standalone Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Train-the Trainer sessions.
Pesticide & Fertilizer Management Division