In late 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a major update to the Worker Protection Standards (WPS). These rules apply when most pesticide products are used on an agricultural establishment.
You can read the updated EPA rules HERE. And an OFS overview can be found HERE.
Most of the new rules go into effect on January 1, 2017 and the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OR-OSHA) is currently finalizing the Oregon specific rules for implementation. While some of the Oregon specific rules are positive, other sections are troubling. That's why OR-OSHA needs to hear from you!
The draft OR-OSHA rules are out for comment, and they will be hosting listening sessions at three locations across Oregon November 29 - December 7.
November 29, 2016, 11:00am
Pine Grove Grange
(2900 Van Horn Drive Hood River, OR)
December 1, 2016, 10:00am
(908 N Settlemier Avenue, Woodburn, OR)
December 7, 2016, 10:00am
(Suite 340, 411 W 8th Street, Medford, OR)
We encourage you to attend the hearings and comment on the proposed rules. You can find the OFS overview of the rules that includes important points HERE.
If you are unable to attend a listening session, you can also submit comments through the OFS VoterVoice sytem at: http://tinyurl.com/wpsofs
Or via email directly to OR-OSHA at firstname.lastname@example.org
All comments are due by December 14th.
Have a great weekend!
Katie, Scott, Diann & Angi
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