EPA proposes new safety measures to protect farmers

      WASHINGTON (WCIV) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed revisions to a standard that would help protect farm workers and their families from pesticide exposure on Thursday.

      The revisions to the Worker Protection Standard include improving worker training in regards to safe usage of pesticides. EPA officials said increased training will help better inform farm workers about the protections they are afforded under the law and how they can protect themselves and their families.

      "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 Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator.{} "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."

      The EPA also proposed children under the age of 16 be barred from handling all pesticides, with an exemption for family farms.

      For more information on the EPA's Proposed Worker Protection Standard click here.