Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Worker Protection Standard, Training sessions announced

ISDA to Host WPS Train-the-Trainer Sessions in Idaho
Boise--The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) announced today the schedule for upcoming Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Train-The-Trainer sessions throughout Idaho. The federal WPS rule went into effect on January 2, 2017, and requires annual pesticide safety training for agricultural workers and pesticide handlers.

Annual training must be conducted by a qualified WPS trainer or a certified pesticide applicator. Trainer certification can be achieved by attending a Train-The-Trainer session. The WPS only applies to those using pesticides for agricultural plant production. This may include farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses.
The Train-The-Trainer sessions are approximately six hours long and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time. Pre- registration is required. Registration may be requested by emailing the ISDA at wps@isda.idaho.gov. Emailed registrations must include name, phone number, desired session, and the number of people attending the training. Seating is limited.
Central Idaho
April 11- Elks Lodge. Rupert-Spanish
April 12- Best Western Burley Inn,Burley-English 
April 13 --CSI HSHS Building Rm#151, Twin Falls, English

Southwest Idaho
April 18-Elks Club Caldwell-Spanish, 
April 19- Vendome Events Center, Weiser-English 
April 20- Hampton Inn, Nampa-English 

Eastern Idaho
April 25- AmericInn Lodge-Rexburg-English 
April 26-Shoshone Bannock Hotel-Fort Hall-Spanish 
April 27-Shoshone Bannock Hotel-Fort Hall-English
Northern Idaho
April 25-Best Western Plus CdA Inn, Coeur d'Alene, English
April 27, Best Western University Inn, Moscow, English
May 4, Kootenai River Inn, Bonners Ferry, English

For current certified applicators, this training is not required to conduct WPS pesticide safety training, but it may give a better understanding of the new WPS. Currently qualified WPS trainers may continue conducting training through December 31, 2017. However, after January 2, 2018, certification will become void unless a person attends a Train-the- Trainer session or becomes a certified pesticide applicator.

Additional questions may be directed to Luis Urias at (208) 332-8663, Kevin Kostka at (208) 332-8608, or your nearest ISDA field office. 

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