Pesticide Broadcast: EPA Proposes New Safety Measures to Protect Farm Workers From Harmful Pesticide Exposure

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Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced proposed revisions to the agricultural Worker Protection Standard in order to protect the nation’s two million farm workers and their families from pesticide exposure.

“Today marks an important milestone for the farm workers who plant, tend and harvest the food that we put on our tables each day,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “EPA’s revised Worker Protection Standard will afford farm workers similar health protections to those already enjoyed by workers in other jobs. Protecting our nation’s farm workers from pesticide exposures is at the core of EPA’s work to ensure environmental justice.”

We want your input on these proposals. Please help us by sharing this message with your contacts.

Below are links to the agency’s press release, a blog from Administrator Gina McCarthy and other social media posts for you to share with your members through electronic mailing lists, Web and social media.

PRESS RELEASE

EPA ADMINISTRATOR GINA MCCARTHY BLOG

GREENVERSATIONS BLOG

FACEBOOK AND TWITTER:

  • Share your thoughts on new measures to protect 2 million farm workers & their families from pesticide exposure: http://go.usa.gov/B77x
  • We’re proposing new safety measures to protect farm workers from harmful pesticide exposure. Share your thoughts: http://go.usa.gov/B775

For more information and to comment on the proposed rule: http://www.epa.gov/oppfead1/safety/workers/proposed/index.html.

Source: U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs, EPA Pesticide Program Updates, February 20, 2013