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Agriculture Employer Advisory Committee

Committee information

The purpose of the Small Agricultural Employer Advisory Committee (SAEAC) is to strengthen the partnership of Oregon OSHA and the private sector. The group's mission is to address issues affecting the agriculture industry. Members of the group include representatives of labor, employers, grower organizations, and government and related non-profit agencies.

Oregon OSHA contact:
Kathleen Kincade
or email kathleen.kincade@oregon.gov

Current activities

Oregon OSHA administers the worker safety and health parts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (pesticide) Worker Protection Standard (40 CFR 170.) as Division 4/W.  The EPA designated January 2, 2016 as their effective date for their recent revisions to the WPS. However, through the end of 2016, both EPA and Oregon OSHA are enforcing compliance only with the sections consistent with the previous WPS rules (Subparts A, B, and C of the revised rule.)

In response to EPA’s recent changes to the WPS at the federal level, Oregon OSHA initiated rule-making in March of 2016.  Links to the EPA’s rules and interpretive documents were sent to committee members by e-mail and also provided at a meeting on April 19th, 2016 at Oregon OSHA’s Portland-area Field Office.  Working with the Agricultural Employer Advisory Committee, our goal is to adopt the EPA’s revisions into our rules and plan to meet the federal effective dates:

  • On January 2, 2017, EPA is requiring compliance with MOST of the rest of the revised WPS regulations (Subparts D, E, F and G of the revised rule) with the exception of:
    • New content required on the pesticide safety information display [170.311(a)(3)]
    • New content in worker and handler training [170.401(c)(3) and 170.501(c)(3)]
    • New requirement for the suspension of applications by handlers if anyone is in the application exclusion zone [170.505(c)(3).]
  • On January 2, 2018, EPA is requiring compliance with ALL of the revised WPS

Oregon OSHA currently anticipate that, in Oregon:

  • Compliance with MOST of the revised WPS under our rules will be required effective on January 2, 2017 -- with the same exceptions provided by EPA, and that
  • Full compliance with the revised WPS under our rules will be required effective on January 1, 2018.

Worker Protection Standard reference information:

EPA's Worker Protection Standard rule revisions

EPA's information about r evisions to the Worker Protection Standard 

Comparison of old and new rule requirements

FAQs about the revised rules and the application exclusion zone (AEZ)