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Farm Worker Protection Safety Program

The Pennsylvania Rural Health Farm Worker Protection Safety Program provides technical and compliance assistance to agricultural producers and their employees in understanding and complying with the requirements of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency Worker Protection Standard, with a special focus on Anabaptist populations and migrant farm workers. Links to university-based, state, and national agricultural safety and health programs also are available.

The goal of the program is to address the needs of all farm workers, with a special focus on migrant farm workers and Anabaptist populations.


This state-funded program is:

  • Designed to help growers, farm workers, and farm worker advocates gain an understanding of and comply with the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Worker Protection Standard (WPS)
  • Managed by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health in collaboration with the Penn State Pesticide Education Program
  • Funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Plant Industry

We help by:

  • Providing Worker Protection Standard (WPS) training to growers and their employees
  • Offering handler and worker WPS training
  • Conducting farm WPS evaluations to help growers comply with the WPS standard
  • Assisting growers’ groups with their concerns


Jim Harvey
Rural Health Farm Worker Protection Safety Specialist
311 Nursing Sciences Building
University Park PA 16802