Oregon OSHA extends comment period on the Worker Protection Standard

Proposed rules intended to protect farmworkers from pesticide drift

Posted December 15, 2017

Oregon OSHA extended the comment period on its Worker Protection Standard proposed rules. Comments may now be submitted to the state agency until January 31, 2018. Oregon OSHA also decided to appoint a Fiscal Advisory Committee in response to an industry objection to the financial statement in the proposed rule. A conglomeration of fruit growers said the proposed rule would result in massive losses from tree fruit removals within the proposed 100-foot application exclusion zone.

Oregon OSHA administers and enforces federal EPA’s pesticide Worker Protection Standard, which sets restrictions for the application of outdoor production pesticides when workers or others are adjacent to the outdoor production areas. These restrictions are intended to prevent contamination of employee housing and related agricultural structures due to pesticide spray drift.

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