Implementation of EPA's Worker Protection Standard training for agricultural laborers: an evaluation using North Carolina data

Public Health Rep. 1999 Sep-Oct;114(5):459-68. doi: 10.1093/phr/114.5.459.


The US Environmental Protection Agency has promulgated a Worker Protection Standard which requires that farmworkers receive pesticide safety training. The implementation of these regulations has not been evaluated. Using data collected through personal interviews with 270 Hispanic farmworkers recruited from 35 labor sites in an eight-county area, the authors analyzed the extent to which farmworkers received pesticide safety training, characteristics of the training, and variations in knowledge and safety behavior. Approximately a third of the farmworkers reported having ever received information or training on pesticide safety, and 25.6% reported having received training in the year in which they were interviewed. Workers with H2A visas were significantly more likely to have received training than workers without these visas. The training received varied in location, duration, and language. Most included the use of a video, as well as verbal presentation, and most included printed materials. However, few workers knew the ways in which they could be exposed to pesticides or reported using any method to protect themselves from pesticide exposure.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Agricultural Workers' Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Emigration and Immigration
  • Female
  • Health Education / standards*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mexico / ethnology
  • Middle Aged
  • North Carolina
  • Pesticides / adverse effects*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency / standards*


  • Pesticides