### Worker Protection Standards Do Not Jeopardize Your Employees – NH

By taking this course, students will learn:

The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a regulation developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect workers and handlers from the harmful effects of pesticides and their residues.  The standard went through some major revisions in 2015 and this course will reflect those changes.

This course will cover some of the major points of the Worker Protection Standard and what employers need to cover with their employees in order to comply.

Once you've completed this course, you should be able to:

• Define a worker and a handler
• Understand the importance of the WPS
• Know when compliance is necessary
• Identify the basic requirements needed by both a worker and handler to reduce their pesticide exposure

Watch the presentation from beginning to end. There are review questions interspersed to help you review the information. When you feel you are comfortable with the information, take the final assessment below Jeopardy game.

### Personal Protective Equipment

Pesticides can pose hazards to humans, so it is important that an applicator be safe. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is one way in which an applicator can keep themselves safe from pesticide exposure. PPE is defined as gear that is worn to help prevent pesticides from entering or getting on to the body.

This course is designed to remind applicators to the severity of pesticide poisoning and how this poisoning depends on the pesticide's chemical makeup and formulation, its path into the body, the amount that enters the body, and the length of exposure. Wearing PPE can greatly reduce the potential for dermal, inhalation, eye, and oral exposure, and thereby significantly reducing the chances of a pesticide poisoning, but it does not necessarily eliminate it.

Credits for this course are currently available for New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania.

### UNH Storage and Disposal

Unsafe pesticide storage can lead to serious accidents. It is extremely important to READ THE PRODUCT LABEL for specific storage information.

Proper disposal of pesticides and pesticide containers is an important phase of pest management an improperly disposed product can be hazardous to people and the environment. READ THE PRODUCT LABEL for specific disposal information.

Credits for this course are currently available for New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania.