Worker Protection Standard
and Agricultural Safety and Health

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. Links to university-based, state, and national agricultural safety and health programs 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.

EPA Worker Protection Standard Technical and Compliance Assistance

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

118 Keller Building

University Park, Pennsylvania 16802
(814) 863-8214

Worker Protection Standard and Agricultural Safety and Health Events

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September 2019

Continuing Distance Education Program – CNE HOURS

September 4 @ 8:00 am - December 6 @ 5:00 pm

Continuing Distance Education Program - Receive 18 CNE hours! September 4th - December 6th 2019/Early bird registration is until August 23, 2019. Calling all nurses serving rural communities! Get the tools necessary to help farmers and ranchers in your community, while earning 18 Continuing Nursing Education hours. The Nurse Scholar program is a distance learning opportunity available to rural nurses provided by experienced health & safety educators. Increase your knowledge base in prevention, identification, and assessment of diseases related to agricultural…

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Child Agricultural Injury Prevention Workshop

September 17 @ 8:00 am - September 18 @ 5:00 pm

This workshop is ideal for farm organizations, insurance professionals, agribusiness, bankers and lenders, healthcare providers, Extension, FFA Advisors, public health officials and media. Learn how you can help safeguard children and youth who live, work and play on farms and ranches. This information can be used to develop and enhance childhood agricultural safety strategies for your organization. Interactive sessions will be facilitated by safety experts and leaders in the field of childhood agricultural injury prevention. 

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October 2019

AgrAbility Regional Workshop

October 8 @ 8:00 am - October 9 @ 5:00 pm

This two-day workshop, that is being held at the Days Inn State College, is a great opportunity to learn more about occupational therapy and assistive technology on the farm — working together to keep farmers farming! In addition to those who are interested in assisting farmers with a disability or long-term health condition, this workshop would be helpful to: Service providers (VR, state agencies, governmental organizations) Agricultural professionals (Extension, FFA, ag educators) Occupational/Physical therapists, staff, teachers, and students Staff from other…

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